Zoë Perkins

Award: Ian Fleming Award

Year: 2020

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Trumpet

Location: Royal Academy of Music

Zoë Perkins is A Trumpet student at the Royal Academy of Music, studying trumpet with Mark David and natural trumpet with Bob Farley. During her time at the Academy Zoë has enjoyed performing with the Symphonic Brass ensemble, as well as in the Symphony Orchestra, where she has worked with prestigious conductors including Edward Gardner and Manuel López-Gómez. Alongside her commitments at the Academy, she has taken on various external engagements, such as the travelling to Italy for the International “Citti de Porcia Competition” in November 2018. She has performed concerti around the UK, including three performances of the Haydn Trumpet Concerto. Her most recent performance of this work took place in The Parish Church of All Saints Orpington, performing with the Orpington Symphony Orchestra. In December 2018 Zoë performed the Vivaldi Double Trumpet Concerto at St James Piccadilly alongside the Piccadilly Ensemble, and was invited back the following year to perform the same work.

Other solo performances include recitals in Paris, London and Cambridge. In 2018 Zoë was invited to perform in the American Cathedral George V in Paris, and will return there for another recital in June 2020. She has recently given recitals in Cambridge Emmanuel United Reform Church, as well as New Malden United Reform Church in October 2019. Zoë has been offered postgraduate places at both the Royal Academy of Music, and the Royal College of Music, and will commence a postgraduate degree in September 2020. She hopes to continue her solo performances in the future, as she works towards gaining a seat in an orchestra.
Help Musicians have helped me a great deal with their generous financial support. I will now be able to fund myself living in the city of my institution and take advantage of all of the opportunities London and the Royal Academy of Music have to offer. Help Musician's financial support also gives me the opportunity to live within walking distance of my institution, meaning I can safely avoid public transport in the current climate with no detriment to my studies. As stated above, I will be attending the Royal Academy of Music for a 1-year intensive Master of Arts in Performance, and will continue to study with the same trumpet teacher I had during my Undergraduate at this institution. I am very keen to get started and select my chosen Postgraduate Pathway subjects for the course.