Alex Hoekstra (11, from Warrington) is a gifted composer and trumpet player (currently at grade 5 distinction), and a proud ambassador of Autism and ASD. He likes to be called “Lord Alex” as he has an official title that comes with his 1 square foot of land in Glencoe, Scotland. Lord Alex plays in the Splinters Band, a woodwind and brass band led by Halton and Warrington Music Support Service tutors and funded by Accent Music Education Hub, which performed to great acclaim at Wembley Arena in 2016. With the help of his tutor Lucy Pankhurst (from HWMSS) he has developed a unique flavour of trumpet tunes in his very first book!
“Lord Alex’s Musical Menagerie” is Alex Hoekstra’s first publication of original music aimed at young brass players of all abilities and was launched on Monday 11th June 2018. Packed with teachers’ notes, quirky tunes and even quirkier illustrations, this new book is already a huge hit with both brass tutors and players. The book is linked to Alex’s own website through a special username and password hidden in the book – once logged in, you can view and download the tunes, backing tracks and other files. The book can be ordered direct from his website, via his eBay page (Lord_Alex) or direct from the publisher (Hoekstra Publishing) under ISBN 978-1-9996066-0-2 (RRP £9.99 plus £2.00 postage).
Here are some of the raving reviews from internationally renowned authorities from the brass world:
“Lord Alex’s Musical Menagerie is a welcome addition to the brass tutor repertoire made up of pieces that are fun and challenging to play both technically and musically. The book is well put together including solos and duets and comes highly recommended!”
(Mark Wilkinson - principal cornet Foden’s Brass Band, cornet tutor at Salford University and visiting tutor with the NYBBGB and RNCM)
"These short fun pieces offer the beginner brass player something interesting and challenging to play. They have been well thought out and introduce key elements to the beginner brass player. The quirky and memorable titles will bring you back again and again. Bravo Alex!”
(Andrew Berryman - international trombone professor, former principal trombone of the Halle Orchestra (1988-2008) and Ulster Orchestra (1984-1988), MD NSO Symphony Orchestra)
"What a great book this is, packed with great instruction, fun and laughter! This is a must have for any brass enthusiast!"
(Owen Farr - international tenor horn soloist and clinician; tenor horn tutor at the RNCM, RWCMD and Birmingham Royal Conservatoire; former solo horn with the Cory Band and Williams Fairey)
“Alex Hoekstra is clearly a talented young musician. In this collection of short pieces based on animals of various kinds and dimensions, he has an intuitive understanding of how to turn their various characteristics into musical pictures. I look forward to seeing how he develops in the next few years, but he undoubtedly has a bright future ahead of him.”
(Edward Gregson - former principal of the RNCM and world renowned composer)
Alex will also present a signed copy of his book to Faisal Rashid (Warrington MP), Cllr Karen Mundy (Mayor of Warrington) and Dave Thompson of Warrington Disability Partnership at a date to be confirmed.
From everyone here at Accent, a huge congratulations to Lord Alex!