Saxophone proves a cakewalk for Aberdeen pupil as she wins jazz award

15-year-old Emily Manson has been named as the winner of the Norman Moy Award 2018 for excellence in jazz musicianship.
15-year-old Emily Manson has been named as the winner of the Norman Moy Award 2018 for excellence in jazz musicianship.

A talented Aberdeen pupil has been named the winner of a prestigious jazz award.

Saxophonist Emily Manson, an S4 student at Bucksburn Academy, received the Norman Moy Award for excellence in jazz musicianship.

She performed Debussy’s Cakewalk at a lunchbreak concert before being presented with the prize by Councillor John Wheeler and musical service co-ordinator Beth Edwards.

Emily, 15, said: “I’m in shock. I had no idea I would be given this award and I think this is a real privilege.

“I’ve been playing the saxophone since I was nine-years-old and I originally wanted to play the flute, but my teacher at the time told me ‘no, you’re definitely a saxophonist’ – and I’m glad she did because I absolutely love it. I’d like to study music when I leave school and hopefully become a music teacher.”

Emily is the third recipient of the award, based on the legacy of Norman Moy who was a prominent figure in the Aberdeen music scene.

Cllr Wheeler, educational operational delivery convener, said: “It’s really fitting that a fellow saxophonist has won the third Norman Moy Award.

“Emily gave a wonderful performance, as did all our up-and-coming musical talents. It is a privilege to work with the Moy family in nurturing music in Aberdeen and the North-east and we at Aberdeen City Council are proud to be custodians of Norman’s trust.

“I really hope that our emerging talents continue to develop their musical skills as they continue into adult life.”

Lynsey Bolton, Emily’s music instructor, said that she was “delighted” to see Emily accepting the award yesterday.

She said: “I’m very proud to see Emily be presented with this award.

“She’s a very enthusiastic student and when the award came around Emily was the first person that came to mind.”

Emily has secured a place on a National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland course in the summer holidays.

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