Tollbar Academy Music students (l-r) Josh Young (Year 10), and Harriet Sheppard, Ellie Milnes, Jessica Pirie, Elijah Agyekum and Ben Blake (all Year 11), with professional Jazz musician, Alexander Bone, on his visit to 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 Tollbar and Cleethorpes 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 the many different routes into careers in the music world and welcomed questions from the students.
Tollbar Academy Year 10 student, Josh Young (15), was chosen to play alongside Alexander during his visit to Tollbar Academy. He said: "I'm a bit overwhelmed. I really admire what he's doing and I want to do that myself. He is so impressive and I have learnt a lot about Music Production. It was really great to play with a professional."
Alexander 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.”
Year 10 Tollbar Academy student Josh Young (15) plays alongside professional Jazz Musician Alexander Bone (right).