Symphony of good news
Talented musicians at Alton College are celebrating a symphony of good news.
After a rigorous auditioning process, six students have been offered places to study at the UK’s top conservatoires - the musical equivalent of university - while world-class jazz trumpeter and alumna Laura Jurd returns to campus to teach the specialist music performance (jazz) course.
Trombonist Joel Knee, previously at The Petersfield School, has excelled himself by being offered places at four of the major conservatoires.
Ellen Drewe, previously at Amery Hill School in Alton, is currently studying A-level music and the BTEC level 3 subsidiary diploma in music (jazz). She has been offered places at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study Composition.
Joe Bristow, previously at The Mountbatten School in Romsey, came to Alton College purely for the music courses, having heard of the excellent reputation of the department. He too plays trombone and has been offered places at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Birmingham Conservatoire and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance to study jazz.
Cam Barnett, previously at Weydon School in Farnham, plays double bass and has been offered a scholarship at Birmingham Conservatoire and places at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, also to study jazz.
Kieran Murphy, previously at The Petersfield School, has been offered a reserve place at the Royal Northern College of Music, having auditioned on drums.
Another drummer, Jack Cousins, previously at Weydon School, has been offered places at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal Welsh College of Musis and Drama, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and also at Leeds College of Music to study jazz.
Meanwhile, Alton College alumna and world-renowned jazz trumpeter Laura Jurd is set to return to the college as teacher of Jazz. She brings with her extensive knowledge and enthusiasm for jazz, performance and composition.
To find out more about music courses at Alton College, go to www.altoncollege.ac.uk