National award for talented Trinity School musician
Sixteen year old musician, Joe Mackley has won a prestigious award from the national charity Awards for Young Musicians (AYM). Currently in Year 12 at Trinity School, Joe studies the saxophone at the Trinity Music Academy with Mr Robert Lawrence. Joe is one of 180 exceptional young instrumentalists, selected from the highest ever number of applicants, to win a 2016 award from AYM. He was awarded the Robert Lewin Scholarship which entitles the talented young musician to financial help with music lessons, mentoring sessions and invitations to attend rehearsals , workshops and concerts with top professionals. Joe is in good company as two of the three finalists in the 2016 BBC Young Musicians competition have been supported by the charity.
Director of Trinity Music Academy, Richard
Evans said: “Joe is an exceptionally talented musician who shows total
commitment to his music studies and, I am sure, is destined for a highly successful musical career.”
Saxophone teacher, Rob Lawrence added: “Joe is one of the most outstanding saxophonists Trinity School has seen. This latest award he has received reflects his commitment to the very highest standards of saxophone playing.”
Joe started playing the saxophone aged 8. From winning his first competition two years later he has gone on to perform widely as a soloist and as an ensemble musician. He has won multiple awards as a saxophonist in many of the South London music festivals. In 2015 he performed a concerto with the Sutton Symphony Orchestra after competitively winning the opportunity and in 2016, from UK wide auditions, he was selected to be one of only four saxophonists in the National Youth Wind Ensemble. At Trinity School he is lead saxophonist in the Big Band, Symphonic Wind Orchestra and Senior Sax Quartet. He has participated in masterclasses with saxophonists Kyle Horch and Rob Buckland, and this year he was awarded the DipABRSM diploma with distinction. As well as his most recent award from AYM, he is a recipient of awards from the H R Taylor Charitable Trust, the Grinstead Fund, the Valentine Alcock Scholarship and the EMI Music Sound Foundation.
Photo: Joe Mackley playing the saxophone at Ronnie Scott’s (April 2016)