Platform for young musicians: a concert in two halves

Sunday 29 March 2020 at 3.30 pm in St Mary’s Church, Main Road, Westonzoyland, TA7 0EP.

The first part of the concert features musicians from Bridgwater and Taunton College. The students are this year completing the performance pathway on the level 3 Music Technology and Performance Extended Diploma.

Ophelia (Fee) Buckton’s performances reflect her classical training and her new-found interest in jazz. “I’ve been playing the trumpet for almost nine years now”, says Fee, “and then I was introduced to the world of jazz and I’ve fallen in love with it!”Fee_5445

She will be presenting the classical Carnival of Venice by Jean Baptist Arban, followed by a jazz piece, Blue Bossa by Kenny Dorham. “This earned me the offer of a scholarship at Leeds Conservatoire!” Says Fee.

Fee will be then joined by Millie Lintern on ukulele to perform one of their own original numbers and a modern cover of a classic standard.

Millie will be off to study in York and she and Fee “hope to continue making music together for many years to come.”

Devon Salinas specialises in flamenco guitar.

“I will be performing is a song called Asturias by Isaac Albeniz”, says Devon, “followed by a flamenco piece called Gratitude by Amin Toofani.”

Devon has taken full advantage of all that is on offer at the College: “I’ve had the opportunity to perform in various places, ranging from charity shows to classical concerts performing with high level performance singers.”

Like Fee, Devon has had an offer of a place at Leeds Conservatoire and is positive about his future.  “One of my ambitions in life I hope to encounter is to spread my passion and love for music to the world. I also hope not to take a single moment for granted because life is too short not to have fun.”

After the interval, the platform will be given over to the South West Music School (SWMS). “We operate on a virtual basis across the South West region”, explains Tracy Hill, the school’s General Manager, “providing mentoring, workshops and master classes to talented young musicians aged 8 – 20.”

As a Centre for Advanced Training, SWMS is part of the Department of Education’s Music and Dance scheme.

“We work in partnership with schools and others to deliver a supportive, bespoke programme that students can access locally,” adds Tracy. The School has around 80 students coming from all backgrounds, on one of the five programmes on offer.

Performers will include:

Aisha Hall  – who plays piano, guitar, bass, drums and also sings. She is a Core student at SWMS and a songwriter/composer.

Aisha will perform Automne by Chaminade.

Harrison Pawsey, who plays trumpet and piano, is on the Performance Development Programme. He has recently discovered the joys of the synthesiser and the church organ, and plays in two orchestras, one ensemble and a rock band. He writes his own compositions for piano. His two great loves are music and comedy particularly when they are combined. Fellow Bristolian, Bill Bailey, is one of his heroes.

Harrison will perform Billy Joel’s Piano Man plus a trumpet piece.

Amélie Donovan is another Core student. At eleven, Amélie began teaching herself the flute. Now at seventeen, she has achieved ARSM diploma with distinction. Alongside music, ballet is one of her biggest passions and she enjoys exploring the relationship between both. She is a member of the National Youth Folk Ensemble, and has recently won at the Two Moors Festival.

Amélie will be playing: Walter Gieseking – Sonatine for Flute and Piano, David Heath – Out of the Cool and Christian Le Delezir – Epave.

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