Lewis Rees, Kevin Price, Jac Thomas, RCT Brass tutor Steve Martin and Rachel Kilby
Talented young musicians spent a day at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD), as part of a new initiative being developed by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Music Service and the college.
Trumpet player Jac Thomas, of Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun and tuba player Lewis Rees, of Treorchy Comprehensive School, took part in the student shadowing scheme, which offers more able and talented students considering studying music at Conservatoire level the opportunity to experience a ‘day in the life’ of a music student.
The scheme is open to pupils who have lessons and participate fully in both the Music departments in their schools and RCT Music Service. Both Jac and Lewis receive their Brass lessons through Rhondda Cynon Taf Music Service.
The Year 12 students are active members of their school music departments and members of RCT Music Service Senior Brass Band and Orchestra and the Four Counties’ Brass Band and Orchestra. They have both successfully gained places on the National Youth Brass Band of Wales for the fourth year running.
Councillor Eudine Hanagan, Rhondda Cynon Taf Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, said: “I am pleased that Jac and Lewis were able to have this opportunity thanks to the support from our excellent Music Service, and that they enjoyed and benefited from their day at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.”
Kevin Price, Head of Department Brass, Brass Band and Percussion at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama said: “Lewis and Jac both achieved distinction in the Advanced Performance Exam with Trinity Exams. This is the stage beyond Grade 8 and an exceptional achievement for the boys.
“This success is proof of their hard work and to the skill and dedication of the teaching staff within the RCT Music Service. They both show tremendous potential for the future and it is a privilege to be able to offer them and the Music Service our compliments and ongoing support.”
Rhondda Cynon Taf Music Service offers tuition and runs groups for all instruments and voice. If you would like your child to learn to play or improve their musical skills, please call the Music Service on (01443) 744 017, or go to www.rctmooodle.org/musicservice