Fiddler from Oban wins BBC Young Traditional Musician 2012

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Rona Wilkie becomes 12th person to hold the title

Traditional musician of the YearA 22-year-old fiddler from Oban fought off five other competitors to be crowned BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2012.

Rona Wilkie was one of four fiddle players in the grand final held at Glasgow City Halls on Sunday 5 February. 

Her prize is a recording session with BBC Scotland, a performance at the Scots Trad Music Awards, and a year’s membership of the Musicians’ Union.

Wilkie said:  'I am absolutely thrilled about winning this award and I’m looking forward hugely to a very exciting year ahead.'

Previous winners of the award, which is in its 12th year, have gone on to forge successful careers in traditional music.

This is the first year the final has been shown on television – it was broadcast on BBC Alba, the BBC's Scottish Gaelic channel, and is available on BBC iPlayer. It is also being shown again on 10 February.

Mel Spencer