Adam Fennell | TrinityTalent 2021

TrinityTalent celebrates Adam Fennel for his achievements in Music – Classical and Jazz. He was selected for a Special Mention.

Adam Fennell | TrinityTalent 2021

17-year-old Adam successfully completed a Grade 8 Trumpet exam with Kingston Music. Adam plays in several music service ensembles, attending weekly rehearsals and termly concerts.

Neil Thomas, Adam's instrumental teacher at Kingston Music Service, nominated him for TrinityTalent and said: "I have not had a more hard working student than Adam during my 35+ years of teaching. Every challenge I set him is met with enthusiasm, dedication and commitment."

The TrinityTalent panel said: "We can see how Adam is working hard to overcome his performance anxiety and share his talents with others. With more time and experience with ensembles we think he will be one to watch. Keep going Adam!"

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

It is a real privilege to be selected and be part of the TrinityTalent Class of 2021. It is always lovely to have your hard work recognised.

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

I feel that I learned a lot more about playing the trumpet than I had in any previous year. With lockdowns, I had more time to focus on working on my technique without the need to prepare for concerts, and so learnt more with regards to the instrument itself and the music I enjoy playing.

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

The qualifications give a broad range of music to play from that otherwise I may not have been exposed to, stretching me and my musical ability. I have certainly found music that otherwise I might not have been interested in playing.

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

I feel the qualifications are always a good way to give focus to playing an instrument, as well as boosting my confidence in my playing and my interest in pursuing it further.

If you took a digital music exam, please tell us how you found the experience of recording your performance

I found that taking a digital music exam was quite a different experience to how it usually is. It had both pros and cons, allowing me to take time to do it when I was ready, but it also meant that at a certain point I had to make the decision as to which was the best recording, and be happy with the occasional mistake. My tutor was incredibly supportive, accompanying me in my exam, as he has been for the past seven years. Overall, I feel it showed me another side of music (the recording) which otherwise I may not have had a chance to experience.

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

I am currently working towards a diploma, allowing me to further explore my interests in music with my tutor and giving me the chance to put together my own performance. I am enjoying this greatly and look forward to performing it.

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

I am planning to study mathematics at university, but hope to continue playing the trumpet as much as possible, and to be involved in many different bands, ranging from jazz to concert band music.

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

I think the most important thing is to enjoy playing your instrument and to take all the opportunities you have to practice and learn new things.

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


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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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