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Oscar Gains Scholarship to RCMJD

Year 11 pupil, Oscar S, has been offered a place on the prestigious Royal College of Music (RCM) Junior Department to play tenor and bass trombone. The offer also includes a scholarship for bass trombone, which means that these lessons will be provided free of charge.

The offer was made after a successful audition in March. Oscar will study with Ruth Molins and Richard Ward, playing bass trombone in their Symphony Orchestra, and tenor trombone in a brass quintet and/or dectet. He was also offered places at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Royal Academy of Music, but decided that the RCM was the best fit.

Head of Junior Programmes at the RCM, Miranda Francis, commented: “Oscar is a naturally talented player whose playing shows enormous potential. He makes a wonderful sound and is clearly a versatile musician. The ability to play both tenor and bass trombone in the profession is considered something of a superpower, so Oscar will be well placed to take music forward if he wants to.

“It gives me very great pleasure to offer Oscar a place at the Royal College of Music from September and look forward to working with him at the RCMJD.”

Director of Music at The Leys, Max Kenworthy, added: “This is tremendous news and a fantastic opportunity for Oscar! He clearly played well and impressed them, so this is very much deserved after his hard work.”