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Talented local students Rosie Gill, Will Gadd, Saul Hughes and Sam Reynolds heading to prestigious music schools



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FOUR talented youngsters have been offered places at prestigious UK music colleges.

Rosie Gill from Hordle and Brockenhurst College students Will Gadd from Christchurch, Saul Hughes from Highcliffe, and Sam Reynolds from Salisbury have all received spots at some of the country’s leading institutions.

For the college, it is the first time three students from the same year group have been given places at prestigious conservatoires.

Brockenhurst students, from left, Sam Reynolds, Will Gadd and Saul Hughes
Brockenhurst students, from left, Sam Reynolds, Will Gadd and Saul Hughes

Will plans to study a bachelor of music course in vocal studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, while Saul is aiming for a bachelor of music with honours in jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Sam will attend the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he will study for a bachelor of music with honours in popular music.

The students had to send in video recordings before being invited to audition live, as well as going through technical exercises and interviews.

Music lecturer Brett Nevill said: “We are very excited that these three students have secured places at some of the most prestigious music conservatoires in the country.

“Passing auditions at this level requires a huge amount of dedicated practice and hard work, so we are extremely proud of these three brilliant young musicians.”

Rosie Gill from Hordle will study at the Royal College of Music
Rosie Gill from Hordle will study at the Royal College of Music

Rosie (18) was awarded a full scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London to study pedal harp for four years.

She began learning to play aged nine and has won prestigious national awards and competitions. She was recently named National Harpist of the Year in the annual Gregynong Young Musician competition.

Rosie performs regularly at concerts, weddings and private functions as well as further afield including for Classic FM, at the Victoria and Albert Museum and in Nice, France.

Proud mother Caroline told the A&T: “Rosie was incredibly surprised to obtain such a scholarship and feels very honoured.

“It was the only conservatoire she wished to study at so she is completely elated at obtaining a place, never mind a full scholarship.”



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