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Alexia Sloane named Cambridge Young Composer of the Year

17 Nov 2016
Talented composer, performer and linguist, Alexia Sloane 16, a student at Hills Road Sixth Form College has been awarded the Cambridge Young Composer of the Year competition. Her winning piece, Passiflora, was premiered and performed by The Hermes Experiment at West Road Concert Hall on 30th October.

Another one of her commissioned pieces, Reverie, will be performed on 21st November at 7.30pm at Jesus College Chapel as part of the Cambridge Music Festival.

Alexia, who is also a First study Composer as well as Second Study Recorder at the Royal College of Music, recently found out that she has been successful in gaining a place to become a Composer for the National Youth Orchestra (NYO) of Great Britain! Hundreds of highly talented composers apply each year to become a Composer for NYO and there are only approximately one or two places awarded.

The remarkable thing about Alexia is that she has been blind since the age of 2 years old!

Alexia said “I write the pitches down in Braille music notation and then dictate them to an amanuensis, who transcribes them onto notation software”. Her winning piece for the Cambridge Young Composer of the Year Competition, Passiflora, which is 5 minutes long, took 8 hours to dictate to an amanuensis.

Alexia is studying A level Music, English Literature and Philosophy at Hills Road as well as A level Latin externally. Hills Road's Study Skills department supports Alexia in a variety of ways including ensuring that she has the resources she needs for her lessons by formatting and converting documents by using a software programme to translate them into braille. Once converted they are then printed via an embosser printer onto card, bound into volumes and labelled using a labelling embosser. A member of the Study Skills team accompanies Alexia to her lessons as well a broad range of activities and societies throughout the College.

Apart from recorder, Alexia also plays the piano, flute and harp and her is due to be launched this week. You will be able to listen to the recordings of most of her compositions through her website.

More information about Alexia can be found on the Cambridge News website