13th January: Last week’s top re-entries The Classical Album and The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music switch around, at no. 1 and no. 2, and Renée Fleming’s new album is the highest new entry at no. 8.
The Royal College of Music has awarded the first John Barry Scholarship for Film Composition to young film composer Michael Tanner.
The scholarship was established by Laurie Barry, the widow of five-times Oscar-winning composer John Barry, in honour of her husband.
Scholarship funds were raised for the award following John Barry’s Memorial Concert given in the Royal Albert Hall. It allows a young, talented student to develop their musical skills and knowledge by studying for two years on the RCM’s world-famous Composition for Screen Course, where they will be taught by leading composers and experts in the film world.
Mitchell Tanner (seated far right in the picture above) has been holding down several jobs to fund further study after gaining his first class honours degree at the University of East Anglia, including working in a taxi rank. Have a listen to some of this talented young musician's compositions below.