Our alumni go on to achieve great things once they leave us. Here they share stories from their time at the Academy, tell us what they've been up to since and where they're headed next!
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SMA Student Sept 2008-June 2012
Cellist and Singer Lindsey James has achieved a 1st class honours degree in Music from Kings College London. Lindsey James has been given a place as part of Genesis Sixteen – a very prestigious training programme run by The Sixteen.
‘After 35 years of worldwide performance and recording, The Sixteen is recognised as one of the world’s greatest ensembles. Comprising both choir and period-instrument orchestra, The Sixteen [enjoys a] special reputation for performing early English polyphony, masterpieces of the Renaissance and for bringing fresh insights into Baroque, early Classical music and a diversity of 20th and 21st-century music…’
This quote is taken from the website of The Sixteen, if you would like to learn more about them please visit their website at www.thesixteen.com
Lindsey’s plans for the immediate future are; to apply for a PGCE course in London or Rotherham, to take on some private singing pupils and continue her choral work.
Her first course as a member of Genesis Sixteen will take place this August.
This photo is from King’s College London, Chapel Choir’s recent tour to Milan.
SMA Student Sept 2006-June 2008
Violinist Ingrid Clement has achieved a 2:1 in her performance masters at the Royal College of Music in London. The following photographs are from her graduation.
SMA Student Sept 2006-July 2011
Violist Henrietta Hill graduated from Cambridge (Robinson College) last summer, with a BA in Biological Natural sciences. Since then she has been studying a Masters in Performance at the Guild Hall School and has been awarded a Distinction for her first year.
On 5th July, members of Guildhall Symphony Orchestra joined with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, to perform Walton’s Symphony No1 in B-flat minor in the Barbican. This was an electrifying performance which Henri thoroughly enjoyed.
Henrietta is listed as ‘Artistic Director’ of the 2nd Festival of Young Musicians, which is hosted by Humphrey Burton. C.B.E., July 4th – 11th 2015, Gensac, Aquitaine, France. On 6th July Henri left for France, where she is taking part in the Orpheus and Bacchus chamber music festival.
Henry was invited to attend the Academy by Director John Grundy, in the year that it opened (2006).
She was recommended as a Viola player by Robin Ireland, the Viola player of the internationally renowned Lindsey Quartet. Find out more about the Lindsay Quartet: The Lindsay Quartet.
After helping out with Chamber groups at the SMA for a year Henri joined the Academy as a full time student in September 2007. In September 2009 Henri was among The Academy’s first batch of students to follow an AS-level music course. She followed this through to take A-level Music in June 2011, gaining an A*, as did fellow student David Barnes.
SMA Student Sept 2009-June 2014
Talented singer Emily Baycroft was awarded a choral scholarship for the choir of Selwyn College Cambridge.
Since taking up her place there last year she has recorded a CD of alternative arrangements of Christmas music with the choir (due to be released soon).
Emily has sung evensong in cathedrals including St Paul’s, Ely and Norwich. She has also performed in concerts, including the premier of works by up and coming composers, in a large number of prestigious venues including King’s College Chapel (Cambridge), London, and Kent, and been on tour to the Pacific Northwest, singing in Seattle, Sequim, Victoria and Vancouver.
Our congratulations to them all for their hard work and well deserved achievements.
Best wishes for the future!