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Music Makers BYT

PUBLISHED: 12:03 24 August 2009 | UPDATED: 16:13 20 February 2013

Alexander and James T Kirk

Alexander and James T Kirk

The music makers<br/>Alexander and James T Kirk on The Bromley Boy Singers, dance, why Beckenham is cool, playing computer games and special links with Star Trek...


Alexander and James T Kirk on The Bromley Boy Singers, dance, why Beckenham is cool, playing computer games and special links with Star Trek...



Tell us about yourselves


Our names are James, 14, and Alexander Kirk, 10 (in the stripey jumper). We live in Beckenham with our parents and both go to Trinity School in Croydon - Alexander just started there this month, but used to go to Clare House School in Beckenham.



What are you doing now?


Apart from school, we both love music and sing with The Bromley Boy Singers in the Concert Choir. The Choir recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, so it has a long history in Bromley. We were both part of a small group who went up to the Royal College of Music in London to record the soundtrack to a film being made by the children's charity Kidscape.


Recently, the choir had a workshop with the famous vocal coach, soprano and broadcaster, Mary King. She is brilliant and really got us working hard and thinking about our singing.


I'm currently doing Grade 5 on piano and saxophone and Alexander also plays piano and is about to do his Grade 2 - he's just started the violin, too. My favourite type of music to play is jazz, swing and blues.


Alexander also sings with the boys' choir, Libera, and loves to dance - he does ballroom and Latin and has taken his first exam doing the social rhythm foxtrot and cha cha cha. He performed in the children's chorus of La Boheme at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley with The Kentish Opera.



What are your ambitions?


I would like to go to University to study Engineering and Computing, complete my Duke of Edinburgh award, and keep singing and enjoying playing my instruments.


Alexander also wants to keep on singing and performing on the piano, and thinks he might be a teacher.



What's the best thing about Kent?


It's great living in Beckenham. We can walk to the cinema, leisure centre, shops, restaurants and parks, and it's only a short train ride to London. We sing at the St Martin-in-the-Fields lunchtime concerts every New Year.


Kent has some really famous places that we've visited like Hever Castle, Downe House, Eltham Palace, Chartwell and Canterbury Cathedral. We also like shopping, so I should also say one of the best things is Bluewater, and fresh Kent strawberries!



What are your other hobbies?


We both like computers and computer games, but Alexander likes listening to the music playing in the background of a game and then tries to play it. I like photography and making stop-motion animated films. I like science fiction books and films, and really enjoyed the recent Star Trek film - with my name I can't get away from Star Trek really, and yes, my middle initial is 'T', but no, it's not Tiberius!



Are you a Bright Young Thing?


Kent Life is looking for young, talented people under the age of 25. If you would like to nominate someone, or put yourself forward, please email: brightyoungthings@kent-life.co.uk, including a daytime telephone number.

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