Grand day for pi­ano broth­ers

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TWO broth­ers from Ains­dale have gained places at a world­class Music School. An­drew Brown of Range High School, Formby and Jamie Brown of Shore­side Pri­mary School, Ains­dale, have both gained a place at the pres­ti­gious Chetham’s School of Music in Manch­ester to study Pi­ano from Septem­ber this year.

Dur­ing the time they are at the school, as well as re­ceiv­ing aca­demic and music tu­ition at the high­est level, An­drew and Jamie will have the op­por­tu­nity to play in cham­ber groups, choirs and school or­ches­tras and take part in con­certs held reg­u­larly in ma­jor music venues such as the Royal Fes­ti­val Hall in Lon­don, the Royal North­ern Col­lege of Music and the Bridge­wa­ter Hall in Manch­ester, as well as at the School’s own mul­ti­mil­lion pound Stoller Hall, newly opened in the spring.

Their pi­ano teacher Kather­ine Aberdein is de­lighted with their achieve­ment and said: “I am very proud of the boys’ achieve­ment and look for­ward to hear­ing of their progress at Chetham’s.”

The boys grew up in Ains­dale and both at­tended Shore­side Pri­mary School, and the Head­mas­ter Mr. Thomas has al­ways very much sup­ported music at the school with in­stru­ment tu­ition and an active School Or­ches­tra.

They have also been en­cour­aged and in­spired by Sarah Marks and Jenny McGowan at Sefton Music Ser­vice based at Redgate School in Formby.

With around 300 stu­dents aged 8-18, Chetham’s is the largest spe­cial­ist music school in the UK, and wel­comes young mu­si­cians from all ar­eas of the United King­dom and abroad.

En­try is based solely on mu­si­cal potential and audition, not so­cial back­ground or fi­nan­cial cir­cum­stances.

Al­most all stu­dents are el­i­gi­ble for fund­ing from the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion Music and Dance scheme, which pro­vides means-tested bur­saries of up to full fees for young peo­ple to ac­cess mu­si­cal tu­ition and per­for­mance op­por­tu­ni­ties at the high­est level.

Based in the heart of Manch­ester, Chetham’s pro­vides a dy­namic music pro­gramme, com­ple­mented by its cos­mopoli­tan city cen­tre lo­ca­tion.

Around a third of the timetable at Chetham’s is de­voted to music, so stu­dents can ex­pect to study music for three hours per day plus prac­tice time.

Stu­dents fol­low the full aca­demic cur­ricu­lum; the school as an out­stand­ing aca­demic record with over 95% of stu­dents re­ceiv­ing A* - C grades at GCSE & A Level.

The broad cur­ricu­lum, to­gether with con­sis­tently high A Level re­sults, keeps choices open for stu­dents when they move on to the next stage of their ca­reer.

Over two thirds of stu­dents con­tinue their mu­si­cal stud­ies at a Con­ser­va­toire and around a quar­ter go on to Univer­sity to read sub­jects in­clud­ing Medicine, Law and Engi­neer­ing.

As a co-ed­u­ca­tional school, Chetham’s is home as well School to two thirds of its stu­dents.

Against an at­trac­tive back­drop of build­ings on-site that are nearly 600 years old, Chetham’s stu­dents also ben­e­fit from the in­cred­i­ble re­source of a 21st cen­tury state-of-the-art New School build­ing.

Opened in 2012 and cre­ated with the most ad­vanced acous­tic tech­nol­ogy, the build­ing houses teach­ing, prac­tice and re­hearsal rooms, a Music Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre, Out­reach Cen­tre and a full range of aca­demic class­rooms.

A 100 seat recital hall and 400 seat con­cert hall pro­vide spa­ces for al­most daily per­for­mances through­out the school year.

Chetham’s stu­dents con­stantly achieve suc­cess through com­pe­ti­tions such as the BBC Young Mu­si­cian.

The in­au­gu­ral BBC Young Jazz Mu­si­cian of the Year was won by a Chetham’s stu­dent.

Broth­ers An­drew and Jamie Brown of Ains­dale gain place at world-class Music School

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