Our students receive offers to attend some of the UK's most prestigious conservatoires
Four young musicians at Lincoln Minster School have been inundated with unconditional offers and scholarships from the UK's most prestigious conservatoires such as The Royal Academy and The Royal College of Music. Each of them has been on a trajectory of personal and professional development made possible by a team of inspirational teachers.
Olivia, who was interviewed at the Royal Academy of Music in December, was offered a place and a scholarship on the spot. Olivia admits she was ‘not particularly musical' when she joined Lincoln Minster School as a chorister. Looking for some work experience when she was in Year 10, she was given a junior role in Opera North's production of the Magic Flute and this was one of her most memorable moments.
Oli joined the school when he was 11 having started his musical education, like most children, with the recorder. A friend's father, however, gave him a go on a drum kit and saw immediately the sense of rhythm which has led Oli to make such startling progress in percussion. Oli, whose standard is such that he is qualified to teach pupils of his own despite his age, has been made offers at no fewer than five leading music schools, all eager to have him! His only difficulty now is in making the decision about which offer to accept.
In a similar position are 17-year-old Bethany-Mae and 18-year-old Henry. Beth was awarded her Diploma at prize giving this year and she features as a soloist playing Debussy on the school's CD: Ev'rytime I feel the spirit. Henry feels he has moved from being ‘a guy who plays a bit of rock' to being a classical guitarist with an ‘understanding of music'.
The young musicians at the school are remarkably modest about their achievements and display professionalism beyond their years. But they demonstrate what can be done when enthusiasm and opportunity are brought together with inspirational teachers.