Milton Keynes Community Foundation is delighted to announce that our 2018 Christopher Hopkinson Memorial Music Bursary winner is Alex Wyatt! The bursary was presented at Milton Keynes City Orchestra's (MKCO) performance at the Venue, MK on Friday 5th October 2018. Guests were treated to the musical talent of Sheku Kanneh-Manson, 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year under the baton of Music Director Damian Iorio before hearing the announcement of our bursary winner.
The Christopher Hopkinson Memorial Music Bursary supports the continued development of some of Milton Keynes’ most talented young musicians and celebrates the memory of Christopher Hopkinson, a keen musician and early member of the Milton Keynes Development Corporation who was involved with the local voluntary and community sector throughout his life.
Alex impressed the Music Bursary panel members at his audition at Yamaha Milton Keynes, which was held on 24th September. The 15 year old pianist from the Royal Latin School, started learning to play at the age of five, and is currently studying his GCSE’S, including music. Alex also plays the violin, in which he is trained to Grade 8. At the weekends, Alex practices and studies piano, violin and composition at The Royal Birmingham Junior Conservatoire; a world class institution that provides training for musicians as well as actors and other creative performers, and is where Lauren Zhang the 2018 winner of the BBC Young Musician of the year attended.
Alex also has aspirations to win the BBC Young Musician of the year. Alex takes inspiration from, and likes to listen to, contemporary classical music, with his favourite being Lutosławski's ‘Variations on a theme of Paganini’.
Alex achieved an impressive second place in the Milton Keynes Young Musician of the Year Awards in 2017 and 2018, and has ambitions to one day become a full-time music composer and complete a PhD in Music Composition.
We asked Alex what he would like to spend the Bursary on:
“I’m going to use the winnings to go towards my fees at The Birmingham Conservatoire, and I hope to put some of it towards buying a laptop so that I am able to work on and edit my own music using the ‘Finale’ music notation software.”
Ian Revell, Chief Executive at MK Community Foundation said:
“MK Community Foundation are proud to award the Christopher Hopkinson Memorial bursary this year to the extremely talented Alex; we wish him all the best in his musical career and we look forward to seeing and hearing more from Alex in the future.”
The MK Community Foundation would like to thank Milton Keynes City Orchestra for their continued partnership and expertise, Yamaha Music for use of their fantastic audition space, and Maureen Hopkinson, John Byron and Peter Barnes for giving their valuable time and expertise to support this bursary.