Upper sixth musician Alex Jones has had one of his compositions performed by the prestigious BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Last year, Alex’s piece, ‘Sensim mutationem’ (‘Gradual Change’), was selected from hundreds of entries as the winner in the Senior category of BBC Proms’ Inspire Young Composers Competition.
The prize for winning the competition was a commission to write a piece inspired by one of the BBC’s 50 Modern Classics. Alex chose Louis Andriessen’s ‘De Staat’ and created his own piece called ‘Dialektike’ which was performed by four members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Alex, who plays the double bass and piano and counts British composer, pianist and conductor Thomas Adès as inspiration, said of his achievement: “I was a bit surprised but very glad that I won the competition as it meant that I had the chance to work on a classic piece of work.
“It was hard to choose one of them but I enjoyed looking at the original composer’s work and going from there and to have my piece performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra was an honour.”
The eighteen year old, who has been composing for six years, is hoping to study Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge as he aims for a career as a performer, composer and researcher.
To watch Alex’s original piece, ‘Sensim mutationem’, click here.
To view the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s rendition of ‘Dialektike’ click here (please been aware that this clip is only accessible until the end of May).