Date Posted... Jan 16th 2020

Scholarships awarded to talented musician at top institutions

Talented musician and Upper Sixth student Harry Flint has been awarded two scholarships to his top choice higher education establishments.

Harry applied to Royal Academy of Music where he was immediately offered a scholarship, and two days later was offered a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music, as well as being offered a place at Royal College of Music.

Excited Harry said: ‘I actually fell off my seat when I was offered a scholarship on the spot in my audition at the Royal Academy. I was asked to play for the Principal which was quite scary.

‘The Panel were particularly impressed with the amount of unique performance opportunities I have had such as singing a solo live on BBC Radio 3, and playing in some of the UK’s most iconic venues including The Royal Albert Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall’.

Harry started playing the cornet at six years old with St Agnes Silver Band, while also being a cathedral chorister. Three years ago Harry took on another new challenge by starting to play the trumpet.

Aware of the tough competition at these prestigious institutions, Harry practised for at least an hour a day to prepare for his auditions, as well as his ongoing commitments playing with the school orchestra, jazz band, wind band and other local ensembles.

Over the years Harry has had many mentors who’ve helped him on his musical journey including Mr Palmer, Mr Thomson, and former teacher Derek Greenwood.

‘There are many people who have helped me get to where I am today. Alan Pope taught me for several years and helped me gain a distinction at Grade 8, and when I was a chorister Christoper Gray taught me so much. For the last two years, Paul Denegri has taught me and helped me gain a distinction in my dipABRSM’.

Harry is yet to decide which offer he will accept.