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29th March 2022

Two very talented St Brendan’s Music students have gained places at specialist UK conservatoires to continue their education in this area.

Mo who studies A-level Music, Biology and Chemistry at St Brendan’s is off to London, to Guildhall School of Music & Drama, to study for a Bachelor of Music Honours degree – his Principal Study will be Jazz: Electric Bass.

Jess who studies A-level Music, Biology and Maths at St Brendan’s is heading off to the other end of the country, to Leeds Conservatoire, to also study for a Bachelor of Music Honours degree – her specialism will be Piano.

Mo and Jess chose their progression paths after lengthy discussions with their Music teachers at college and after thoroughly exploring their options. They discovered that both conservatoires and universities offer degree-level qualifications. However, at a university practical study is typically an element of the course, whereas at a conservatoire it is the main focus, and is at the heart of what they do. Conservatoires tend to be smaller, specialist institutions where students are surrounded by other creative artists and for both students this was really appealing.

They both told us that they are ‘super excited’ about what lies ahead for them – and we can’t wait to follow their journeys.

Ahead of all that though, they are currently busy rehearsing, as they will be performing next week with their classmates in the St Brendan’s Music Students Takeover at Bristol Beacon. This is taking place on Tuesday 5th April and is described by the venue as:

'Putting the spotlight on the next generation of local musicians, talented students of St Brendan’s Sixth Form College are set to take over Bristol Beacon this Spring.

The event will include performances from ensembles, bands, and young artists on stages across the venue as well as showcases of student compositions, all supported by Music Technology students.

Students will also be collaborating with Bristol Beacon Artist in Residence, award-winning sound artist and beatboxer Jason Singh.'

This event is open to the public, so come and join us: