Musical talent is going places

The College music department have had some outstanding students pass through courses over the years and the class of 2012 is no exception. Our current second year students are achieving high results and receiving almost unconditional offers from the best higher education music courses in the country.

Five music students who have experienced the toughest and most competitive auditions have achieved eight places and four reserve places to study music at Birmingham Conservatoire, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal College of Music and Royal Welsh School of Music & Drama.
After a busy and stressful term of auditions, most students heard of their good news just before Christmas. The talented students include; Alex Ling [composition], Charlotte Webb [oboe], Danny Belton [piano], Matthew Read [jazz double bass] and Jack Simpson [French horn]. Some of them have received a number of offers and now they have to decide which institution is best for them to spend the next four years on their musical and educational journey.
Charlotte Webb said: "I'm really excited about studying oboe at Birmingham Conservatoire. It will be a great opportunity to work with amazing musicians!"

Alex Ling said: "I am thrilled to have offers from the music colleges I applied to. I am very grateful for the support and tuition from my teachers Pande and Martin, and to the Alton College Composers' Ensemble who have performed my pieces in several concerts".

Whereas Matthew Read commented: "I'm really happy to be going to study jazz double bass at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama next year. It's been great to work with Sam Bullard on the Alton College Specialist Jazz Course who helped me prepare for my auditions. Had I not been on the course, I doubt I would have gained a place".

Photo left to right:  Jack Simpson, Matthew Read, Alex Ling, Charlotte Web, Danny Belton