One overslept, one played in cowboy boots and ones next gig is the royal wedding five past winners of BBC Young Musician relive the thrill of the competition
Im honoured to be playing at Harry and Meghans wedding
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello, 2016 winner at 17
I entered my first Young Musician competition at the age of 12. There was no way I was going to win. I just did it to give myself something to work towards, doing the same again at 14. That year my older sister, Isata, reached the piano final. By the time I competed again in 2016, I felt like a veteran. Im lucky: I am very comfortable performing. I dont tend to get nervous.
The environment was supportive and positive throughout. The three of us who made it to the final were especially friendly we were all going through the same thing, after all. It was the first time any of us had played a concerto with a professional orchestra, so we were all really excited. I dont bother much about what I wear: I find suit jackets constricting so I just wear something Im comfortable in. My mum helped me pick it.
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