Former Music Students

Emma Ruth Richards
Emma Ruth Richards studied A levels in English Literature, Maths and Music. She was a member of the college's Chamber Orchestra and Choral Society. Emma Ruth came back to college in 2005 to perform in an ensemble of cellists with Julian Lloyd Webber at the college's annual Foundation Lecture. Emma Ruth studied for her BMus at Cardiff University, where she also completed her MMus in composition. She is now studying for her PhD in composition at the Royal Northern College of Music. In June 2009 one of her pieces was premiered by the Philharmonia in the Royal Festival Hall.
Jo Weeks
Jo studied A levels in Biology, History and Music, and most notably took the role of Dido in the college's production of Purcell's 'Dido & Aeneas'. After Alton College, Jo studied music at Birmingham University, and most recently has been studying on the opera course at Trinity College of Music.
Jo Hampson
Jo studied for A levels in Law, Music & Psychology. She was a member of the college's Chamber Orchestra and Folk Band and frequently played in college recitals. Outside college she was a member of the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra. Jo studied viola with Nic Pendlebury at Trinity College of Music and is now a freelance player/teacher running her own ensembles.
Lisbee Stainton
Ex student Lisbee Stainton - who studied at Alton College from 2003-2005 and who is currently studying Popular Music at Goldsmiths College, London University - has had her latest single 'Red' put on the Radio 2 playlist. She was recently described by Tom Robinson as 'a serious young talent'
Richard Shepherd
Richard studied A levels in Music, History and Archaeology. A saxophonist, he was a member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, as well as the College's Big Band, Jazz Band and Symphonic Jazz Band. Richard is still lead tenor with NYJO and is a member of the Ronnie Scott's Big Band, Time Zones, has performed with Tim Garland's Northern Underground Orchestra, and played Bari for the week for John and Cleo's Christmas Show at the Stables at the end of last year. Pete Long of Gillespiana described him as "One of the most phenominal young sax players on the planet."
 Emily Good
Emily gained a BMus(Hons) from Manchester University where she majored in performance on the oboe before studying for a Masters at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she was taught by Melinda Maxwell. In her first lesson Melinda put "Before History" in front of Emily - written by Head of Music Martin Read, and dedicated to Emily's former oboe teacher at Alton College - Syliva Harper! Poor Emily nearly freaked out! She is now working in artist management.
Amy Wilson
A grade VIII violinist, in her first term at College, Amy learned that there were 5 viola spaces in the National Youth Orchestra. She decided to learn the instrument and at the start of her second year at College was made principal viola. Nowadays Amy is a singer/songwriter, string player and arranger.
Ben Noakes
A fantastic pianist, achieving a distinction at Grade VIII whilst at College, Ben played in many College ensembles and frequently at College recitals. Particularly memorable was Ben's performance of 'Schoenberg'. Ben was also a part time concert reviewer for the Farnham Herald. Ben is now orchestral manager for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Freya Tabbush
Whether singing Pergolesi, backings for Rachael Dadd or a folk melody in her own style, Freya's performances were always imbued with a real sense of style.
Gwyneth Herbert
Gwyneth was the only French horn player ever to play in the Alton College Jazz Band. Gwyneth is now a jazz singer.
Lewis Childs
Lewis quickly gained a reputation for making music in many weird and wonderful groups at College. He is now a recording studio manager.
Nick Lewis
Nick made the CD Angel in Ballet Shoes with Aurélie Guinard in his gap year and is now reading Philosophy at Sussex University. His Music Tech work was always interesting - one piece was entirely constructed on samples made from items found in his garden shed. On the day that Massive Attack's 100th Window came out, Nick locked himself away in one of the tech studio spaces for the whole day and listened to the album non stop!
Rachael Dadd
Rachael met Tori Amos at Jacob's Studios during her first year at Alton College and has never looked back. Rachael is now a singer/songwriter.
Richard Barnard
Richard was a member of the Alton College Jazz Band the year it entertained le Tour de France as it came through Alton.
Tom Mason
Tom was one of the most open minded students - ever. He was all ready to go to University as a violinist, when Jeff Clyne and Trevor Tomkins came to College for a Jazz Day and saw Tom messing around on a double bass. They immediately invited him to apply to the Royal Academy of Music's Jazz course as a bass player and he was offered a place.