Grand day for piano brothers
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