We were incredibly proud to welcome Mariangela Vacatello to play at the final of the Music at Matrix concert series this year Her piano performance was incredible, and the programme was an interesting mixture of well-known and much lesser-known pieces. Earlier in the day, our students were able to hear her talk about her development as a concert pianist: she started as many of her audience, with Yamaha's Junior Music Course!
It was our turn to host Yamaha's National Junior Original Concert in Oxfordshire this year and so the event was held at Abingdon School on Sunday 4th March.
Several students from Matrix took part and their videos are being released on the Yamaha Music School facebook account one by one:
Stefan Trnjakov, AXC Book 10, 'A Graveyard at Midnight'
The video of the whole concert is available on youtube.
Well done to the composers and performers - the concert was a huge success!
Yamaha's National Junior Original Concert was hosted in Abingdon this year, at the Amey Theatre, Abingdon School. Sunday 4th March
Please see next blog post for videos of the event.
Myfanwy Griffiths, aged 10, was chosen to represent the UK at Yamaha's European Junior Original Concert this year, with her ensemble 'Wolfpack'. She, co-performers Martin Ludden and Peter Fegyveres-Nagy; along with teachers and parents, all travelled to Hamburg at half-term for the event. Miffy is 10 years old, studying with Lindsay MacKenzie on Junior Advanced Course Book 8 - she is about to graduate to the Advanced Extension Course at Easter.
Yamaha produced two videos of the event:
Julia Watson, an educational consultant and parent at Matrix, kindly offered her services in the shape of a talk for parents: 'Supporting Children's Creative Achievement'. The event was well-attended, and Julia also offered parents a relaxation download to take home.
Notes from the talk will be available soon.
Congratulations to Sarah on winning first prize for the senior category in the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers' Competition 2017! She won the top prize for her piece Three Miniatures of Ynws Lawd which was then played at a special Proms composers' concert. This was broadcast on Radio 3 soon afterwards alongside an interview with Sarah.
We are expecting the recording of her composition to be added to this page during the year: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p030pblf
Our facebook page has several videos of teachers attempting to play their new instruments...! https://www.facebook.com/Matrixmusicschool/
You can donate here! https://mydonate.bt.com/events/matrixartscentregradeone/440777
We held a concert on Saturday 1 July at 5.30pm with plenty of observers to cheer us on!
Click 'read more' to watch the four performers from Matrix play their compositions at this composition concert, held in the concert hall at Birmingham University.
The performers were Max Blansjaar, Kate Taylor, Eliya Dhesi and Martin Ludden, all either current students or graduates of the Junior Advanced Course. These videos represent lots of hard work not only by the students, but also the teachers involved in developing and supporting these young composers as they prepared for this concert: Lindsay MacKenzie, Antonia King, Rachel Pearmain and Rossella Rubini. Well done to all!
Click 'read more' to watch the video.
We are very grateful to Mike Lord, of Blue Lotus Media, who made a short video with the Matrix teachers to give parents a taster of what happens in the Junior Extension Course.
Beatrice Marshall and Max Blansjaar, along with classmates and choir of JXC and JAC students, travelled by coach with teachers and families to Burton on Trent to perform their compositions alongside other composers from Burton and Nottingham Yamaha Music Schools. Beatrice, helped by her friends, played 'Dream Castle'; and Max played his piece 'The Cat and the Butterfly'. It was a lovely event, inspiring to all who took part - we are looking forward to lots of new compositions!