Celebrating the finest in youth music today, The Cross Trust presents four award-winning artists who pay homage to musical traditions whilst simultaneously developing their own voices.
Founded by Sir Alexander Cross of Battleby, Perthshire, The Cross Trust has been helping young Scots to fulfill their aspiration and potential for 75 years.
Featuring Anna Michels (classical piano), Murphy Robertson (classical saxophone), Luca Manning (jazz voice) and Iona Fyfe (traditional voice).
The concert will include Rachmaninov, contemporary works for Saxophone, Gerschwin and traditional song from the North East of Scotland.
About the Artists
Classical pianist Anna Michels studied at the Junior Academy of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is currently in her third year at the Maastricht Conservatoire studying for a double Bachelor in Classical Piano and Music Theory. Since moving to the Netherlands, she has won the Maastricht Concerto Competition playing Mozart Concerto No. 20. As a Falkirk lass, Anna was honoured to be awarded the Falkirk Civic Trust ‘Young Personality of the Year’ for 2017 and is delighted to be performing Grieg Piano Concerto with the Falkirk Tryst Orchestra in May 2019.
Murphy Robertson started her musical journey as a trumpet player in bands such as Perthshire Brass Band and Perth Youth Orchestra. She took up saxophone in 2012 and attended the Saturday Academy at the Royal Conservatoire in Scotland and Douglas Academy specialist music school. Murphy is currently in her final year at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she has collaborated with composers for Cheltenham Music Festival. As well as playing in shows in London, her love lies in chamber music and she plays regularly with the Albatross Saxophone Quartet giving recitals and masterclasses. Murphy will be touring Scotland and Ireland with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra this summer.
Luca Manning is an award winning Jazz vocalist and composer from Glasgow. He is inspired by a wide range of artists and musical styles, as well as being firmly rooted in the tradition of jazz. Currently in his first year at the Guildhall School of Music on the Bmus Jazz degree, Luca has already had the opportunity to perform at festivals across the UK. In 2018, he was voted ‘Rising Star’ at the Scottish Jazz Awards and nominated in the ‘Best Vocalist’ category. His ability as not just a consummate vocalist but a gifted improvsier, continues to enthral audiences and shows maturity well beyond his years.
Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. Winner of Scots Singer of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2018, Iona has been described as “one of the best Scotland has to offer”. With several high profile appearances under her belt, Iona, a mere 21 years, has spent 2018 performing in the UK, Europe and Canada. Her debut album Away From My Window was held to critical acclaim and received nationwide airplay.