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European Young Composers Concert 2018

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 21:34 -- matrixAdmin

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's talk on supporting children's creativity - September 2017

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:54 -- matrixAdmin

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.

Sarah Jenkins wins BBC composition prize - Summer 2017

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:49 -- matrixAdmin

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:

Matrix students play at the first UK JOC Jan 2016

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 21:20 -- matrixAdmin

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!

UK composition concert Burton on Trent, January 2015

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 21:09 -- matrixAdmin

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!

Nathan plays at the 2010 EJOC in Vienna

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 20:49 -- matrixAdmin

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.


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