Each musician played two contrasting pieces for a panel of four judges: Future Talent Patron and previous BBC Young Musician of the Year winner Guy Johnston, composer and clarinettist Mark Simpson, Artistic Director and Head of Brass at the Royal Academy of Music, Mark David, and ex-Future Talent Trustee Jessica Brennan, who also ran BBC Young Musician of the Year for 11 years.
On Sunday 23 October, the Future Talent Orchestra performed at the Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall as part of the Southbank Centre’s WHY? Festival celebrating the rights of children and young people.
This was the third opportunity for current Future Talent musicians, as well as alumni, to come together for a day of intensive mentoring and performing. The Musicians spent the day rehearsing Terry Riley’s minimalist composition In C directed by Robert Ames, co-principal conductor and co-founder of the London Contemporary Orchestra.
On Thursday 22 September, Future Talent Musicians Alexander, Annie-May, Charles, Clover, Isabella, Joshua, Molly and Willard performed as part of the Hatfield House Music Festival, a yearly chamber music festival organised by cellist and Future Talent Patron, Guy Johnston, set in the beautiful surroundings of Elizabeth I’s childhood home. Our Musicians performed a musical programme ‘Inspired by Bach’ to 200 local school children from Hertfordshire.
In preparation for the concert, our Musicians rehearsed in the late Sir Georg Solti’s studio; an amazing opportunity to see the last score he ever used, still open (also Bach), along with many other interesting scores and musical memorabilia from his life as a conductor.
We knew of Future Talent before [the bike ride], as Nicholas Robinson, one of the charity’s founders, was my headmaster for five years, and is heavily involved with the choir at King’s College, where we are both choral scholars. And, as choral scholars, we count ourselves so incredibly lucky to have benefitted from a musical education, and the idea of being able to help kids across England have the same experience was a truly wonderful one… All in all, the bike ride was a huge success. We raised over £2,500 for Future Talent, and completed a challenge nobody, not even ourselves, had backed us to finish. The memory of the trip will stay with me for a long time – I certainly won’t be able to walk past a Boris bike again without checking, forlornly, to see if it is number 35663, the bike that made it from Paris to Cambridge
Friends of Andy ‘Thunderclap’ Newman, who sadly died in March of this year, held an event to celebrate his life on Saturday 17 September at St. Paul’s Church Hall, Clapham, London. It was well-attended by friends and family and there were video clips from Andy’s life, recordings, remembrances and live performances by many musicians including a moving tribute to Andy played on his own contrabass saxophone.
Guests at the event gave generously to the Andy ‘Thunderclap’ Newman Memorial Fund which has been set up to help promising young musicians from low-income families to continue their musical education and fulfil their potential. All donations to the Fund will be transferred to ‘Future Talent’ whose aims would be close to Andy’s heart. Read more…