Winner of the Parliamentary Jazz Award for Best Media, 2019

Jazz News

Yamaha Music London and Headliner announce Rising Stars semi finals, 23rd and 30th November 2023 and final on 7th December 2023.

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Yamaha Music London in partnership with Headliner has announced the semi-finals of the highly anticipated search for the 2024 Ambassadors for Yamaha’s unique flagship UK music store in Soho, London.

We have received the following press release;



23 AND 30 NOVEMBER 2023


London’s emerging new musicians take centre stage in semi-finals showdown

The stage is set, the excitement is mounting, and the spotlight is ready to shine on the extraordinary talents emerging from the heart of London’s vibrant music scene. Yamaha Music London in partnership with Headliner is proud to announce the semi-finals of the highly anticipated search for the 2024 Ambassadors for Yamaha’s unique flagship UK music store in Soho London. The semi-finals take place on 23 and 30 November 2023 at Yamaha Music London, Wardour Street.  The final showdown takes place on 07 December at Yamaha Music London.

The semi-finals and final will feature unforgettable music performances from emerging solo artists and duos across a range of music genres that highlight the diversity of London’s music culture and will include pop, indie pop, blues, soul and more!

The judges will have the difficult task of selecting the finalists who will proceed to the grand finale on 07 December which will take place in front of a judging panel full of industry experts and will be an evening of celebration and recognition of exciting new talent.

The winning emerging artists will win Ambassadorships which will provide access to Yamaha’s extensive collection of award-winning instruments for a year, the chance to perform at some of London’s best venues (including Yamaha’s Soho-based music store) and receive exclusive mentorship in developing their future success as artists.

The winners will also benefit from a professional recording session at Headliner HQ’s studio, an appearance on the Headliner Radio music podcast, an editorial profile in Headliner, and social media support via shares across Yamaha Music London and Headliner’s social media pages.

With such an amazing prize on offer Yamaha Music London is inviting everyone to come along and cheer on their favourites! The semi-finals will bring together some of the best music talents London has to offer. 

The semi-finals and the final are FREE and open to the public, music enthusiasts, supporters of the arts and anyone who loves the magic of live music.  Booking in advance is recommended for the Final on 07 December. Visit to reserve your place.

Doors open 6.30pm.  Semi Finals Showcases and the Final Showdown all start at 7pm and ends at 8.30pm.


The Final takes place on 07 December in front of a judging panel made up of leading industry experts.  Reserving your seat in advance is recommended.


Harry Knyt, Senior Consultant at RCA/Sony and A&R Director for NQ/Sony Publishing. The RCA Label Group UK is a flagship recording label of Sony Music Entertainment encompassing RCA Records, RCA Victor and Since ‘93.


Toyin Mustapha, head of content UK for TikTok, the go-to social media destination for short-form mobile videos. Based on forecasts released in May 2021, the number of TikTok users in the United Kingdom is expected to reach almost 15 million users in 2025.


Nimesh Jani, co-founder of Catalyst Management, one of the fastest-growing talent management companies in the UK representing clients in music, entertainment and sport.


Rian Zoll-Khan, CEO of RNR MGMT, home of recording artist Wes Nelson, producer Ayo Beatz, social media influencer and artist Cam Holmes and producer T2.


Dani Simonett of UTA, a leading global talent, sports, entertainment and advisory company that represents artists, athletes and storytellers who shape culture and drive the future.


Nichal Sethi, Head of Artist Services UK, TikTok.

Visit to reserve your seat.