Joe Manning | TrinityTalent 2021

TrinityTalent celebrates Joe Manning for Progress in Music – Rock & Pop.

Joe Manning | TrinityTalent 2021

15-year-old Joe Manning was nominated for the TrinityTalent ‘Class of 2021’ in the Progress category. Joe, who completed his Drums Grade 6 and Guitar Grade 5 exams with NMPAT Northampton, has shown great commitment and has done very well in both drums and guitar.

Joe was nominated for TrinityTalent by his parent Naomi Manning, who said: “Joe is committed to his music. He loves to play both his drums and his guitar and spends many hours practising alone or with the groups he plays with. He is a dedicated member of many musical groups and loves to play informally with his peers and perform in front of an audience. The restrictions due to Covid have impacted the opportunities available to pursue his music, but he has remained enthusiastic and passionate about playing.”

The TrinityTalent panel said:“Joe has shown progress across lots of different genres, collaborating with friends to write songs and is pushing his own skills in new performance directions. We’re looking forward to seeing what he does in the future.”


How do you feel about being selected to be part of TrinityTalent ‘Class of 2021’ and being recognised in this way?

I am grateful to be selected and feel that it is a great compliment.

How do you feel you have developed creatively and artistically in 2021?

I believe that I have greatly improved my improvisation skills over the year. 

What impact did your Trinity qualification have on your artistic development?

It has increased my confidence in my abilities and the skills required to achieve the award.

Has taking part in a Trinity qualification helped you to develop wider skills, such as communication skills, creativity or confidence?

The solos I have had to improvise for the exams have increased my creativity and confidence in creating my own music.

What are the next steps for you artistically and creatively in 2022?

I am working towards my next exams with Trinity Rock & Pop and am hoping to take these in the summer term.

What are your longer term aims, for example for your future studies or work?

I would like to attend the British and Irish Modern Music Institute to continue my studies and further my musical skills.

Have you got any advice for other young people working towards a Trinity qualification?

The best advice that I or anyone could give is practise. It’s the most important thing to do as a musician. It can greatly improve all skills, which can help towards a Trinity qualification.


Read more about the talented young people selected to be featured as part of the TrinityTalent Class of 2021.

Header Image Credit: Joe Manning

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TrinityTalent celebrates talented young people achieving Trinity’s music, drama and Arts Award qualifications in the UK.

Teachers and students can nominate young artists aged 13-25 who have shown excellence in one of the following categories during 2021: CREATIVE FLAIR | PROGRESS | LEADERSHIP

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