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BBC Radio 3's Sarah Walker announces winner of Joyce Dixey Competition 2017

Musical diversity and engagement showcased by students of the Department of Music and Media.

Sarah Walker presents Joyce Dixey Award 2017 to Jamie Crooks

Sarah Walker announced the winner of the competition as Creative Music Technology course student, Jamie Crooks. Sarah commented, ““Jamie's piece Snowfall showed an impressive level of subtlety, and had an engaging contrast between the electronic instrumental backing and the poetic vocal part.”

Sarah provided adjudication for the Competition and said “This year's Joyce Dixey Competition was a highly enjoyable evening for me - I felt I got to know eight real individuals through their music. That sense of real human communication was there, in each piece.”

The Joyce Dixey Competition is recognised as one of highlights of the musical calendar for students of the Department of Music and Media. This year, 8 students from the Department were chosen to perform their own individual compositions.

For students, the Competition is an excellent opportunity to showcase the diverse range of musical styles within which they work. Dr Tom Armstrong, Lecturer in Music at the University of Surrey said, “The competition says a lot about the students and us a Department. It is a gauge of how the Department and students taste and fashion in music have changed.” Tom continued, “Each performance is a personal statement of the student.”

Sarah Walker is presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Essential Classics. Sarah has presented an array of programmes including:Midnight Oil, Hear and Now, Performance on 3, Morning on 3, Afternoon Performance, The Proms, Start the Week and Midweek (both Radio 4), BBC Young Musicians (BBC 2 television) and Attractions (Channel 5 television) and many more.

The Competition, which has been running for over 25 years, awards one individual £200. The prize is given by the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society in memory of the late Miss Joyce Dixey, the Society’s General Manager.