Monday 31st March, 2014

Each year, in addition to their Principal Sponsorship of AYO, Accenture offers one exceptional musician a $10,000 grant to further their development through study and travel, or to purchase a new instrument. 2014 Accenture Scholarship recipient, 21-year-old Jack Bailey, led the cello section of the Australian Youth Orchestra in Adelaide in February, as well as the Alexander Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Richard Gill at AYO’s 2014 National Music Camp.

We tracked Jack down, got him to lay down his cello, and asked him some questions. This is what he had to say:

Tell us a bit about yourself as a musician in fifty words or less. Why the cello? 

I started playing the cello because my younger sister started and it looked fun. We initially had to share a cello, which was trying, however she kindly resigned after about a month and briefly took up the saxophone so I was good to go.

How many AYO programs have you done? What are your most memorable experiences?  

I have been involved with the Australian Youth Orchestra since 2007 with highlights including performing Shostakovich Octet with Dale Barltrop for the AYO Chamber Players program in Perth and Strauss' An Alpine Symphony with Simone Young in Brisbane. The friendships and contacts one makes participating in AYO programs are arguably the most valuable aspect of involvement and I have made many friends who I know I will stay in contact with for a long time to come.

What kind of opportunities are made available to you as the recipient of the Accenture Scholarship? 
The Accenture scholarship enables me to further my musical development at the Royal Northern College of Music in England this coming September. I will be in close proximity to everything that Europe has to offer and enjoy the rich culture that exists there whilst being based at one of the premier institutions in the UK. During my time in Europe, I hope to take advantage of the summer courses that take place during the season and participate in various competitions.

How’s the future looking? Where to after AYO? What’s the dream?
Though it is cliché, I just want to focus on becoming the best and most rounded cellist I can at this point and see where the future takes me.

Jack Bailey & Chairman and Managing Director of Accenture, Jack Percy

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