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‘Rising Star’ visits Horsham Music Centre for an Inspiring Afternoon of Music

TUE 05 FEB 2019

On Saturday 26th January, award-winning saxophonist Jonathan Radford joined young musicians from the West Sussex Youth Wind Orchestra for an inspiring afternoon of music at Horsham Music Centre. A ‘rising star’ in the BBC Music Magazine 2018, Jonathan treated the county’s young saxophonists to an afternoon masterclass, before taking the audience on a musical journey with a special performance of his Tour de Sax.

Known for his “exceptional musicianship and emotive playing", Jonathan Radford is a 2018 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition Gold Medalist and first prize winner. During the workshop, West Sussex Music saxophonists Sam Medwell, Alice Dukes and Isabelle Tucker were given the opportunity to each play a pre-prepared piece alongside Jonathan and get the benefit of his considerable expertise, as he demonstrated the musical diversity of the instrument.  After the masterclass, participants were able to sit back and enjoy a special performance as Jonathan performed pieces from the past and the present, including music from Debussy and Gershwin.

“I thoroughly enjoyed working with the young musicians at West Sussex Music, their approach and playing is very impressive and a credit to the amazing work taking place in West Sussex. It’s so important that this work continues, it contributes so greatly to the musical development of these young adults. A huge thank you to the Countess of Munster Musical Trust for making this event possible” Said Jonathan Radford. 

Jonathan performs regularly throughout the UK and Europe for music societies and festivals in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Grieg Hall in Bergen and Philharmonie in Paris. Having studied at the Paris Conservatoire he continued his studies at the Royal College of Music graduating from the Artist Diploma in 2018 where he was also the Mills Williams Junior Fellow. He is currently a Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist with Making Music (PDGYA), a Park Lane Group Young Artist, a Tunnell Trust Artist and a Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme Artist. He has appeared as soloist with several orchestras including the Slovenian Chamber Orchestra and Liverpool Mozart Orchestra. A keen advocate of contemporary music he has premiered works by Luis Naón (co-commissioned by Radio France), Betsy Jolas (commissioned by the CNSM) and collaborated with IRCAM in Paris.Over the past year Jonathan explored and commissioned new works for saxophone and mixed ensemble as part of his Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music.

Opportunities such as this saxophone masterclassare part of a programme of high-quality musical experiences which are made available to young musicians by West Sussex Music. “At West Sussex Music, we are incredibly proud of the range of special opportunities, such as Jonathan’s saxophone masterclass, which are made available to our young musicians.”Said West Sussex Music Chief Executive, James Underwood. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Jonathan Radford, and our talented students for their hard work, enthusiasm and for contributing to what was a wonderful afternoon of music-making.” 

Every week during term time at Music Centres in Chichester, Crawley, Haywards Heath, Horsham and Worthing young musicians can enjoy a whole range of musical activities including bands, choirs, orchestras as well as lessons and aural and theory classes.  The West Sussex Music Centres not only bring children together through a shared love of music but also offer a clear progression route on to the West Sussex Youth Orchestras and Choirs and beyond that to Junior Conservatoires and national ensembles. So whatever the choice of instrument, level of competence or age, there is a suitable ensemble or band to be found; whether it’s a percussion ensemble, string orchestra, wind band, choir or guitar group. There are also classes in musicianship as well as beginner instrumental classes and groups for pre-school children.