Alexandra Ridout performs at Manchester Jazz Festival

by Manchester Arndale, 3rd August 2016 | Students, Fashion

A 17-year-old trumpeter has won the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016, beating her older brother to the title.

Alexandra Ridout, from Aylesbury, competed against her brother Tom, 21, and three other finalists for the prestigious prize.
Following her victory, Ridout, who started playing trumpet when she was eight, said: "I can't believe I even got this far.

"I wasn't expecting to win, but now that I have, it's incredible."
The teenager, who is a member of the Junior Jazz Department at The Royal Academy of Music and a player with the National Youth Jazz Collective, currently studies both jazz and classical trumpet at The Purcell School of Music.
Her victory came at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, on Saturday 12 March, where her performance included a version of Stevie Wonder's Golden Lady, played on flugelhorn.

Manchester Arndale proudly sponsors ‘Manchester Jazz Festival Introduces’ bringing young jazz performers into the spotlight for their first major public performance. We went along to watch Alexandra perform at the pavilion and surprise her with a mini make over and treat her to a styling session in Topshop after her performance.

Our first stop was at Kiko, one of the leading Italian brands of cosmetics, make-up and skin care products and also one of our new retailers to the centre.  We met up with Hannah who is one of the MUA’s at the store. Hannah talked through all the new season make-up products she was using on Alexandra.

After Kiko we moved on to Topshop where Ellen one of the personal shoppers there was waiting to greet us. Ellen had already chosen a rail full off the latest trends for Alexandra to try.


Alexandra -“I’ve had an amazing day and what a lovely surprise. I just want to say huge thank you to Kiko, Topshop and Manchester Arndale for such a wonderful afternoon”