Young Jazz Musician Of The Year Engages With Music Students

Year 9 Cleethorpes Academy students, Jasmine Sanford, James Shepherd, Kiera Dunn, Joel Swinton (Year 10), and Corban Whitfield, with award-winning Young Jazz Musician Of The Year Alexander Bone, and Rebecca Tipper, Curriculum Leader for Music and Performing Arts at the Academy.

Music students were overwhelmed to meet former BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year, Alexander Bone who, at the age of just 23, has already worked with some of the biggest names in music, including, Nile Rodgers and Kylie Minogue, and won praise from Jazz alumni, Jamie Cullum.

The Jazz saxophonist and pianist also composes and works extensively in music production. He has performed several times at the BBC Proms and tours both nationally and internationally with jazz ensembles. Alexander has also won the award for British Jazz Rising Star and the Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize for 2019.

Alexander visited students at both Cleethorpes and Tollbar Academies, providing an opportunity for GCSE/BTEC Music students to engage with the young, dynamic musician. He performed for the students at both Academies, but also talked informally about his journey into his career in Music, the hurdles he has encountered, and where he is at now in his career. He included information on the many different routes into careers in the music world and welcomed questions from the students.

Afterwards he said: "We discussed all of the different things you can do in Music, including performing and composing music, and even as far as recording for TV. I am hoping that some of the students who are thinking about Music might get inspired to think that this is something they really can do in the future."

Rebecca Tipper, Cleethorpes Academy's Curriculum Leader for Music and Performing Arts, said: "The students loved the workshop by Alexander, he is a very inspirational musician and is proof that hard work and determination can really pay off."

Maisie Pearce plays alongside award-winning saxophonist Alexander Bone on his visit to Cleethorpes Academy.

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