Two Alton College Music students are starting to prove that they are future composing stars, and definitely worth looking out for.
The students have both benefited from a Hampshire Music Service Composition Award for Exceptional Ability. The award provides specialist one-to-one tuition for the student, and provides an established link with Hampshire Music Service area and award ensembles. This encourages public performances of the award holder’s work, and further opportunities to get involved with Music For Youth Festivals at a regional or national level.
Talie Burkitt Jones is one of only 6 composers nationally to have his music selected for performance by members of the National Youth Jazz Collective, featuring Steve Waterman on trumpet and Issie Barratt on baritone sax. Talie’s music will be premiered by the band at the Watermill Jazz Club, Dorking on Thursday 3rd March. Another new work of Talie’s will be premiered by the Alton College Jazz Band at the Farnham Festival in March.
Talie is currently studying for a Composers Extended Certificate, a Jazz Certificate, grade 8 saxophone and A levels at Alton College.
Richard Hames has had a very busy and rewarding time since September. He has been selected as one of the National Youth Orchestra’s ‘composers in residence’ and during the Christmas break spent a week with the orchestra on their residential course. He will be given the opportunity during the Easter holidays to have his music played by the NYO. Just before Christmas Richard conducted the Alton College Composer's Ensemble in the premier of his ‘Swinging, Sitting and Sparkling’ – a performance of which will be repeated at the opening concert of the Farnham Festival in March.
Richard is currently studying for a Composers Extended Certificate, grade 8 piano and A levels at Alton College. He has been offered places to study composition at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music, and has been offered scholarships at Birmingham Conservatoire and Trinity College of Music.
And Hannah Dilkes has recently been very busy too – she has just finished travelling round the country for music college interviews and has been offered places to study composition at Birmingham Conservatoire and Trinity College of Music. Just recently Hannah’s ‘Ning, Nang, Nong’ was performed by the Alton College Composer's Ensemble in St. John’s Church, Alresford - a performance of which will be repeated at the opening concert of the Farnham Festival in March. Hannah is currently studying for a Composers Extended Certificate, a Jazz Certificate, grade 8 trombone and A levels at Alton College.
All of these students are currently writing a saxophone quartet for the Berlin based Saxofonquadrat, who will play the work in March at Alton College.