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!
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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!
Listen to Max Blansjaar perform his piano composition 'The Cat and the Butterfly'. This was the first time that a European Junior Original Concert had been held in the UK He was joined by two other young composers from the UK and other young composers from France, Spain, Germany and Italy.
Listen to Alejandra Priestman-Degano's piece 'Theme and Variations'. Alejandra and her teacher, Lindsay MacKenzie, travelled to Hamburg to perform her piece at Europe's fourth European Junior Original Concert.
Nathan Hawkes, 11, represented the UK at this year's EJOC. His composition, 'Forest in a Nutshell', has three movements: The Squirrel, The Bear and The Eagle. Co-performers included students from Germany, France, Austria, Greece and Portugal. Nathan is currently studying JXC Book 8 with Antonia King.
We can't manage to upload the video but this link gives a flavour of the concert.
We celebrated Matrix's 20th year with a concert at Oxford Town Hall, where the extension and advanced course students played and sang. The programme includes a 'potted history' of Matrix.
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Imogen Reay, 11, travelled to Paris in the company of family, teachers and classmates, where she performed alongside young composers from Italy, France and Germany. Her composition is entitled 'The Chicken and the Rooster'.This was the second ever European JOC - and Imogen was the UK's first ever performer in an international original concert!
Bass guitarist Colin Greenwood and producer Nigel Godrich invited thirty Junior Extension children to help realise an idea for one of the tracks on Radiohead's forthcoming album. The whole experience was great fun - for parents as well!