810_1261.croppedTwo pupils from King’s College have gained places at two prestigious music conservatoires and one has been invited to attend a National Youth Orchestra day. There are only seven conservatoires in the UK and the competition for places in all of them is fierce.

Cellist Megan Hollingshead (left) has gained a place at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.


015320Jonathan Wong (right) has been offered a place at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff to study trumpet.


They both attended many gruelling auditions and spent most of last term practising furiously. Their hard work has certainly paid off and we look forward to hearing great things from them in the future.

Fifth Form pupil Ranulf Mason (pictured top) has been invited to attend the National Youth Orchestra (NYO) Inspire String Ensemble days in Liverpool at half term. Aimed at players aged 11-18, playing at high Grade 6 level right up to Grade 8 Distinction, NYO Inspire Ensembles are three-day residencies in orchestral family groups: Strings, Winds, Brass and Percussion. The philosophy behind NYO Inspire is simple: to give breakthrough experiences of orchestral music to teenagers of all backgrounds, both as musicians and as audience members.

Ranulf plays the viola and the organ and will be taking his Grade 8 exams this term. He also sings in the Chapel choir. In this NYO orchestra he will be playing his viola.