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Music teacher Jenny wins competition

Grantham piano teacher Jenny Walker wins award for her composition The Stream

Grantham piano teacher Jenny Walker wins award for her composition The Stream

A Grantham music teacher found success at the first attempt when she entered a prestigious competition to compose a piece for piano.

Jenny Walker, who teaches the instrument to more than 40 students aged from six to 73, won the teacher’s category in the competition run by the European Piano Teachers Association.

Her five-minute composition called The Stream struck a chord with adjudicator Dr Camden Reeves, who praised Jenny’s use of the full range of the piano and in particular the higher notes.

Jenny said her piece had an “Irish” tinge and was built around ‘snippets’ she had previously recorded on her digital piano.

She had to make a recording of the composition and prepare a score for the judges.

She said: “This was the first time I had entered this sort of competition, I never had the courage before, but this time I just thought, why not.”

As a reward for winning the competition, jenny will take part in a workshop in November to play for the judges and for fellow teachers.

Jenny turned her love of music into a business three years ago when she was made redundant from her job as an information technology teacher at the Kings School and set up JSW Music.

She now teaches piano privately at Kesteven and Grantham Girls School and at her home in Sunningdale, Grantham.

She is musical director for Grantham Operatic Society and accompanist to Grantham Singers.

To listen to The Stream, go to soundcloud.com/jswmusic/the-stream

 

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