Tristan John S

Writer, Filmmaker, Musician

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Claire De Lune - Debussy
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Sonata in Eb (First Movement) - Mozart
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Blue Moon - Trad.

Musical Bio

I was fortunate enough to begin learning the violin and piano at the age of 5 and quickly fell in love with both instruments. My first violin teacher, Jane Browne, was inspirational and I played my first solo, Baa Baa Black Sheep, at a concert in St. Nicholas-At-Wade after six weeks.
Having joined my church choir the year before, the organist suggested I audition, aged 8, for a scholarship to study under Ronald Smith through the Kent Music School.

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The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils; The motions of his spirit are dull as night And his affections dark as Erebus: Let no such man be trusted
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

As with my other writing, I started dabbling in musical composition from childhood.
As a teenager, I was awarded a runner-up prize for a conceptual composition, entitled

Since becoming Organist at
St. Andrew’s, I have written original works and arrangements for SATB choir, including a setting of the Canticles and several anthems.
A full list and sample can be found

Orchestral and Ensemble Experience

Member of the East Kent Holiday Music Trust Orchestra 1993-2003*
Member of the National Children’s Orchestra, 1994-1995
Leader of NCO String Quartet
Leader of Dane Court Grammar School Orchestra, 2000-2003
Leader of Royal College of Music (Jnr Dep) String Orchestra, 1999
Member of the English Schools’ Orchestra, 1995-1998
Leader of the English Schools’ Orchestra, 2000-2002
Member of Cambridge University Music Society First Orchestra 2003-2004
Co-Leader of CUMS II Orchestra, 2004, Budapest
Member of Homerton College Orchestra, 2003-2006

Musical Accolades and Awards

Kent Young Pianist of the Year, Junior, 1995
Kent Young Pianist of the Year, Senior, 1999
ABRSM Grade VIII Piano (Distinction) 1999
ABRSM Grade VIII Violin (Distinction) 2000
ABSRM Grade VI Theory
Thanet Music and Drama Festival –
various awards 1990-2003
Hastings Music Festival
various awards 1992-1994