Mu­sic duo shine

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

TWO hugely tal­ented King’s Girls’ Di­vi­sion mu­si­cians have played with top con­cert per­form­ers in a sum­mer of suc­cess for the school’s young artistes.

King’s jazz sax­o­phon­ist, flautist and pi­anist Alex Clarke played with multi award-win­ning jazz star Amy Roberts and her quin­tet at the 2015 Per­shore Jazz Fes­ti­val.

Alex, 15, met the charis­matic per­former back­stage af­ter a gig at Bolling­ton Arts Cen­tre and was in­vited to guest with her at Per­shore. She was also en­cour­aged to ap­ply and suc­cess­fully au­di­tion for a place at the Na­tional Youth Jazz Col­lec­tive’s sum­mer school, held in Au­gust at Up­ping­ham School.

Alex, who prac­tises for two hours each day, said: “It was the most ex­cit­ing and re­ward­ing per­for­mance op­por­tu­nity I could pos­si­bly have hoped for.

“Amy is some­thing of a mu­si­cal hero to me and to per­form on stage with her was amaz­ing.

“I am in awe of her abil­ity and re­ally re­spect her mu­si­cal style, plus she is just such a lovely per­son too.”

Vi­o­lin­ist Ge­orgina Bloom­field, who at just 12 is one of the best young mu­si­cians King’s Girls’ Di­vi­sion’s mu­sic teacher Jo Beesley has ever heard, played a con­cert this sum­mer with the Na­tional Chil­dren’s Or­ches­tra of Great Bri­tain with Ni­cola Benedetti at the Royal Con­cert Hall in Glas­gow.

This will be re­peated more lo­cally on Septem­ber 22 at Manch­ester’s Bridge­wa­ter Hall.

Ge­orgina achieved a dis­tinc­tion at grade 8 in her vi­o­lin, re­mark­ably scor­ing 145 out of 150 in her ex­am­i­na­tion.

Jo Beesley said: “You need to score 130 to get a dis­tinc­tion which is quite rare; 140 is as­ton­ish­ing and frankly 145 is sim­ply off the scale.

“I have never ever known any­one achieve that be­fore and all from such a sunny lovely girl who is a joy to teach.”

Both girls ul­ti­mately want to go the Royal North­ern Col­lege of Mu­sic and both would like ca­reers in mu­sic, Alex pre­fer­ring the jazz style and Ge­orgina with more of a lean­ing to clas­si­cal mu­sic.

Mrs Beesley added: “Both young women are sim­ply quite ex­cep­tional and will be the envy of thou­sands of much older mu­si­cians to have played at such a young age with such ac­com­plished pro­fes­sional per­form­ers on the world stage.”

●● King’s jazz mu­si­cian Alex Clarke and vi­o­lin­ist Ge­orgina Bloom­field

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