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Lucy Tessier

Max the Gap

By | Course News, Music, News, News for Parents

If you think taking a gap year is a chance to sit back and relax, think again!

Former A level Music student, Lucy Tessier is maximising her time by working as a freelance journalist and copywriter. By combining her talent for writing and passion for the indie music scene, Lucy’s work has been published across a range of digital media platforms.

Over that last 7 months, Lucy has been scouting new talent for magazines to promote, pitching new features, interviewing bands and artists for articles, writing album and single reviews and ghost-writing content for blog posts.

Next year, Lucy will begin her undergraduate life, studying BA(Hons) English Language and Literature at the University of Leeds.

Lucy’s work has been published on Gigwise.com and Soundspheremag.com. To get a flavour of her critical ability and engaging writing style, read her article on Wolf Alice https://www.gigwise.com/features/3396348/what-a-wolf-alice-comeback-means-to-the-band-s-fans

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James Hendry

Enjoying my Life and Music

By | Awards, Course News, English, German, Music

From Winifred Holtby Academy to Wyke, from Wyke to the Royal Northern College of Music, from RNCM to the Royal Opera House and more. Former A level Music student, James Hendry has achieved so much since leaving college. He is now working in Hannover, Germany, as Principle Conductor for the country’s state opera house. With so many questions to ask, we are thankful to James for keeping in touch, to share his Wyke highlights and to offer some excellent advice to our current students.

What are your best memories of Wyke?

My best memories of Wyke must be the seasonal concerts we did at the end of each term. When I was a student at Wyke, the college had a really great choir made of students and also staff members. It was a great way to mix with other people who didn’t study the same subjects, as everyone was welcome to come and sing. I would also say that I made some excellent friends at Wyke, and I wouldn’t be able to explain every one of the memories otherwise I would have to write a book.

How did your Wyke studies help shape your future?

The music department at Wyke has always been known for its high standards. Wyke gave me a great grounding in my musical studies, and my other subjects included English Literature and Language which really complimented my musical studies. Wyke also helped me grow as a person into an adult whom was responsible for my own learning and my own future prospects, this must be the most vital thing that Wyke gave me. It enabled me to go to university with a clear idea of what I wanted to achieve and a focus that was self-driven.

What advice would you give our current students?

Take every opportunity that the college gives you. Try something different and challenge yourself whether that be joining a musical group/lunchtime club, sports or drama. Do something outside of your subjects to give you a balance. Also, set your goals and don’t give up on them, but remain open to the twists and turns that may come along the way that may lead you down an altered path, that can be jarring but also very exciting. When I was at Wyke I didn’t think I would be working in Hannover, Germany as the Principle Conductor for the State Opera. I knew I was interested in working with people and singers but conducing was something that came much later for me. It was a path that I explored and it worked out for me, you have to be willing to take the chances.

Describe your time at Royal Northern College of Music?

I had a great time at the RNCM, first I studied Solo Piano and gained a first class Honours degree, I then went onto do a master’s degree there in repetiteur skills which I passed with distinction. RNCM was an extremely exciting place to be with many opportunities to take part in and also see a wide range of music and other performances. Manchester as a city is the best place to be a student! I worked extremely hard at the RNCM and was constantly busy both with my own studies but also playing for other peoples lessons on the piano or conducting local student theatre groups. RNCM gave me not only the skills but also the contact to the people in the music business.

Discuss the highlights of your professional life and the awards you have received.

I was lucky enough to get a full scholarship to study for my masters at RNCM, otherwise it really wouldn’t have been possible. I then went onto the prestigious Jette Parker young artists programme at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. I would say my time at the ROH is one of my highlights so far, Working with Antonio Pappano, who was a great mentor, really inspired me and taught me so much, but everyone who I worked with there was absolutely fantastic both on and off the stage, it really is a place of the highest possible creative standards.

Other highlights would include making my debuts with ENO and Opera North and now gaining the post of Erster Kapellmeister at the Staatsoper Hannover. My awards include being the winner of the degree category of the British Education awards for the amount I achieved during my master’s degree, and most recently being made an Associate of the Royal Northern College of Music. Of course receiving awards is great, but for me I am just doing my thing and enjoying my life and music.

 

Ella O'Sullivan

Ragtime Wyke

By | Course News, Music, News

Here’s another fantastic performance from one of our amazingly talented A level Music students, Ella O’Sullivan. Watch her full performance on Wyke TV https://youtu.be/s80IYJqTE2E

Ella, a former St Mary’s student, studies A level Music alongside A Level Photography and BTEC Media Technology. In this performance, Ella plays “Ragtime Robin” by George Hamilton Green.

Green composed the xylophone piece in the 1920’s and his music was so popular that he was commissioned to produce musical scores for early Walt Disney animations. If you close you eyes, you can see how this would work.

Interested in talking A Level Music or Music Technology? Apply before the 15th January to secure an interview for a place at Wyke, September 2021. https://wyke.ac.uk/apply-online/

 

Student playing the cello

Meet our Music Students: Tyler

By | Music

Last week we were invited to watch our very talented first year A Level Music students perform. We caught up with Tyler to find out about his passion for music and why he chose to study at Wyke.

Where did you go to school?
I went to Malet Lambert.

What subjects do you study at Wyke?
I study A Level Music, A Level Media Studies and BTEC Creative Digital Media Production.

Tell us a little bit about your interest in Music…
I’ve been playing music since I was in primary school and my interest developed from there, especially performing live. My ambition is to perform professionally.

What do you enjoy about your Music lessons?
Playing in front of people is great and is something I really enjoy doing.

Why did you choose to study Music at Wyke?
I want to play professionally, and this course will help me to progress.

What piece did you perform?
I performed the Allegro Appassionato by Saint-Saens, accompanied by Mark Keith on piano.

Thank you for taking the time to talk to us Tyler, we really enjoyed watching you perform and are excited to see where your talent takes you.

Student playing the violin

Meet our Music Students: Dexter

By | Music

Last week, we had the pleasure of being invited to watch some of our very talented first year students perform in their A Level Music class. Dexter played the violin and we caught up with him to gain an insight into his passion for music.

Where did you go to school?
I went to Wolfreton.

What subjects do you study at Wyke?
I study A Level Music, BTEC Digital Music Production and Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies.

Tell us a little bit about your interest in Music…
I started playing the violin in Year 3 and have just started jazz piano lessons at Wyke. Both my parents are musicians and my favourite aspect of music is composition and playing as part of a group.

Why did you choose to study Music at Wyke?
I want to study jazz violin at Leeds College of Music and the music courses at Wyke are a great way to help me achieve this.

What is your favourite piece of Music/Artist/Composer?
Frank Zappa.

What piece did you perform in your A Level Music class?
I performed the Minor Swing by Django Reinhardt, accompanied by Mark Keith.

Thank you for taking the time to talk to us Dexter, we really enjoyed your performance and are looking forward to seeing you progress with us.

Meet our Music Students: Heidi

By | Music

This week, we had the pleasure of watching one of our very talented first year students Heidi play the Trombone during her A Level Music class. Following on from this, we caught up with Heidi to gain an insight into her passion for the subject.

Where did you go to School?

I went to The Market Weighton School.

What subjects do you study at Wyke?

My study programme consists of A Level Music, A Level Photography and BTEC Sport.

Tell us a little bit about your interest in Music…

My interest in Music started at School. I studied Music from year 5 through to year 10 and have been playing the Trombone for nearly 8 years. I really enjoy the subject and being around like minded people.

Why did you decide to study Music here at Wyke?

The course will help with my future plans to take Music up as a career and I had advice to follow it through to university. Everyone is here for the same reason and I really like that. (My friend Eli was also coming to study the course)

Do you take part in any Music enrichments in your spare time?

Yes, I am part of the Jazz Orchestra!

What is your favourite piece of Music/ Artist/ Composer?

Arthur Pryor – Blue Bells of Scotland

Thank you so much Heidi, we really enjoyed watching you perform and can’t wait to follow your Musical journey.

Music Mark Logo

Music Hits the Mark

By | Awards, Course News, Music, News, On Campus

We are proud to announce that Wyke is now a Music Mark School!

The Music Mark School nomination system allows music hubs and services to nominate schools and colleges who have shown a commitment to providing a high-quality music education.

The Music department at Wyke is highly active, offering an A Level in Music and BTEC Level 3 in Digital Music Production as well as offering enrichments such as music lessons and Wyke Sesh.

Upon receiving the award, Bridget Whyte, Chief Executive of  The UK Association for Music Education wrote; “we would like to thank you for all the hard work you and your colleagues do to ensure that pupils at your college are able to access and engage with a high-quality music education. Your dedication to offering and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum is both welcomed and celebrated.”

Lucy Tessier

Mind the Gap

By | Course News, English, Music, News, News for Parents, On Campus

Former South Hunsley student, Lucy Tessier is busy planning her gap year after successfully achieving her A Levels in Music, English Literature and English Language.

Lucy said, “With a place confirmed reading English and Music BA at Liverpool University the following year, I believe a year out of education will provide me with valuable industry experience before I enter education again. Needless to say, Wyke have always been supportive of any decision making regarding future plans but also my personal career aspirations in music.

I would also thank my teachers, peers and everyone part of the community for two unforgettable years studying here, as not only have I gained a plethora of knowledge in these disciplines but also a treasure chest of life skills and memories that I will take forward into my adult life.”

 

Meet our Music Students: Joe

By | Music, Uncategorised

Last week, we caught up with Joe in his first year A Level Music class. Joe impressed us with his excellent cello performance and gave us an insight into passion for Music.

What School did you go to?

I went to Kelvin Hall School.

What subjects do you study at Wyke?

My study programme at Wyke consists of A Level Music, A Level Geography and BTEC Applied Science.

Tell us a little bit about your interest in Music…

I was asked to try out an instrument in Year 3 and I persisted with it and it has now payed off. I have developed a passion for classical music and composers.

In addition to this, I always see my teacher as my inspiration, I’d love to be as good as, if not better than them at some point in the future.

Why did you decide to study Music at Wyke?

I knew that this course would allow me to develop upon my existing knowledge of Music and I was also keen to learn new things. Both of these things will help me to do well in my exams.

What do you enjoy the most about your Music lessons?

My favourite part about the lessons is the people, the students are friendly and so are the staff which all makes for a great environment for learning.

Do you take part in any Music enrichments in your spare time?

I’d like to take part in the choir once this starts at Wyke in the New Year.

What is your favourite piece of Music/ Artist/ Composer?

My favourite composer is Bach and Vivaldi and Mozart. In terms of favourite Music, I like all types of music.

Thank you Joe! It is great to hear about your interest in Music and we are excited to follow your journey and see where this takes you.

Poppy-Shotts

Soprano Star

By | Course News, Drama & Theatre, English, Music, News, Performing Arts

In 2010, former Beverley High student Poppy Shotts performed at the Wyke Christmas Concert, which is still available to view on our YouTube channel. Listening to Poppy sing was one of the highlights of the evening, showcasing her amazing talent and foreshadowing a great career to follow.

Poppy has fond memories of studying at Wyke.”My time at Wyke built my confidence, and nurtured my passion for the Performing Arts. I went out into the world with the drive to create meaningful work, and with the necessary tenacity to keep pursuing my dreams.” 

After studying Music, Performing Arts, and English at Wyke, Poppy was inspired to train in Classical Voice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), gaining a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in 2017. She then went on to gain a Master of Performance with Distinction from the Royal College of Music (RCM), in London, where she trained as a Derek Butler Scholar. In London, Poppy worked with a wide range of directors, conductors, and vocal coaches, including Alison Wells, Caroline Dowdle, and Gary Matthewman. During her training in London, Poppy was supported by a number of awards including the Countess of Munster Award, the Il Circolo Italian Cultural Association Award, and the Mario Lanza Trust.

Performance highlights from recent years include performing with Roger Vignoles in the Britten Theatre, RCM, and making her solo debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Cadogan Hall in a performance of Grieg’s Peer Gynt. Opera credits include Barbarina, (RCM Opera School), Léïla (RCM Opera Scenes), Nedda (RCM Opera Scenes), Cleopatra (RCM Opera Scenes).  Further credits include Pamina with Ensemble OrQuesta, Susanna with Matchbox Opera, Abigail Williams in Robert Ward’s The Crucible and Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte with the Berlin Opera Academy.

In between time performing at venues across the world, Poppy regularly returns to Hull to perform with Hull Urban Opera.

Since graduating in 2019, Poppy continues to work as a performer in a wide range of projects, and as a private voice teacher. To listen to her performances, visit Poppy’s website www.poppyshotts.com