Southfields saxophonist secures Royal Academy place

Wandsworth Guardian: Quinn gives it the full "Bird". Quinn gives it the full "Bird".

A sixth former from a Southfields school who has cites jazz legend Charlie "Bird" Parker as his inspiration has won a place at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music.

Saint Cecilia's student Quinn Oulton, 18, fought off stiff competition to win a coveted place at the world renowned Academy, based in Marylebone Road.

The teenager, a music scholar at the school, begged his parents for a saxophone for his eighth birthday and has played ever since.

Mr Oulton, who achieved grade eight on the saxophone aged 12, has been strongly influenced by Parker and impressionist musician Claude Debussy.

He said: "I started to take lessons at Saint Cecilia’s in Year 7 thanks to the free tuition given as part of being a music scholar.

"I was strongly inspired by saxophonist Parker when I first started playing.

"Since then, I have discovered countless musicians from various genres of music that have influenced the way I listen, understand and play music.

"I am fascinated by the way Debussy uses colour and unusual harmony to create such vivid emotions, and have been learning his music on piano by ear for a while."

As well as being an amazing saxophonist Mr Oulton, who sits his A-levels in the summer, is also a talented drummer, guitarist and composer, producing pieces from traditional jazz to club dance.

He has attended the Grammy Camp, a live-in music industry camp, in Los Angeles and has performed in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall.


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