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Alexander Walker awarded Elgar Medal

Howard Ionascu - Posted on 18.11.2016

Alexander Walker, conductor of Junior Academy Sinfonia, emailed me recently with some excellent news. The Elgar Society last week awarded Alexander with their highest honour, the Elgar Medal, for the work he has done to promote the composer’s music in Russia, Central Europe and elsewhere. The award has previously been awarded to distinguished conductors including the late Sir Colin Davis, Sir Andrew Davis, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Daniel Barenboim.

We’re grateful that Alexander is able to fill several roles here. In addition to conducting our Sinfonia he coaches Junior Academy chamber ensembles, as well as teaching musicianship and conducting for us at Junior Academy – he has been a valued member of staff for ten years now. He is also a specialist keyboard and aural skills tutor to organ students at senior Academy.

The Principal wrote to me on hearing about the appointment: ‘Alexander is a great disseminator of music – from the established to the unjustly obscure – as well as being a top-notch musician. He has an unusual blend of talents and it’s tremendous that he has been acknowledged’.