A GRANTHAM music teacher has taken top prize in a European-wide composing competition.
Jenny Walker, who teaches piano and violin, won the European Piano Teachers Association’ 2014 EPTA UK Competition for composers, for her piece, The Stream.
The piano solo is based on the sounds made by a stream in Ireland.
Of Jenny’s five-minute creation he said: “This is a substantial and strong piece – lots of excellent ideas here, and very well executed.
“You (Jenny) use the full range of the piano, but make a particular feature of the higher register – which gives the piece a distinctive colour.
“Harmonically, you have created a language that is high personal. There is a trace of the influence of Debussy, with the colourful added note harmonies … very good use of pedal points, and the unusual harmonic and tonal twists are very effective … excellent rhythmic drive.”
Jenny spotted the competition advertised in EPTA’s magazine and had a few ideas already recorded on her digital piano and decided to merge a few into this piece.
She told GranthamMatters: “With a little trepidation, I decided to take the plunge and enter the ‘teachers’ category.
“My Irish heritage produced a short, gig-like, section in the middle of the piece, and I had visions of a stream making its way through the Irish landscape. “
A person listening to it on soundcloud said: “Outstanding. I could follow the stream from its small pure beginning high in the hills, through its volume and depth as it torrents through the forest, then a majesty as it becomes a major force.
“Finally, I think, just the echoes of the original stream as it is swallowed up by the ocean.”
Jenny has lived in the Grantham area since the turn of the millennium and for 10 years taught ICT at the King’s School until her post was made redundant.
More recently, she spends two-and-a-half days a week as a freelance teacher at KGGS, promoting the finer points of piano playing, the rest of the week taking private tuition at home.
She is also accompanist for The Grantham Singers, The Belvoir Wassailers, and music director for Grantham Operatic Society.
To hear The Stream go to https://soundcloud.com/jswmusic/the-stream
To contact Mrs Walker go to [email protected]