Deschanel Gordon performs in BBC Young Musician. Photo by Doug Peters (c) BBC Young Musician

BBC Young Jazz Musician winner Deschanel Gordon joins AYM as Alumni Patron

Born in Hackney, Deschanel was supported by our Furthering Talent programme with funding for jazz piano lessons and mentoring from a professional jazz musician from 2009 until 2013. He graduated from Trinity Laban in 2020 with first class honours and subsequently won the prestigious BBC Young Jazz Musician in November 2020. In his new role as our Alumni Patron, Deschanel will support our work in a range of ways, from leading master classes for young jazz musicians to performing on our behalf.

“AYM’s help with the costs of piano lessons during my teenage years was absolutely crucial to my musical development, as was the amazing mentoring I had too. I’ll always remember other musical experiences AYM enabled as well, such as a visit to the Royal Festival Hall with other Furthering Talent students to see pianist Emmanuel Ax perform. It’s great to be able to give something back now as a Patron!”

In his first act as Alumni Patron, Deschanel will give an online session for young people currently supported by AYM on Tuesday 1 June 2021, in which he will talk about his experience at the BBC Young Jazz Musician 2020 competition and share his top tips for young musicians.

“We’re delighted that Deschanel is joining AYM as our newest Patron. As an Alumnus of our ground-breaking Furthering Talent programme, his musical success will be truly inspirational to the hundreds of young people we support across the UK. We can’t wait to get started!”  Hester Cockcroft comments, AYM Chief Executive

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