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Ellesmere College student gains entry to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

By James Pugh | Ellesmere | News | Published:

A 14-year-old Ellesmere College pupil who is dedicated to perfecting his musical skills has been offered a major music honour.

Jakob Fradley

Jakob Fradley, from Market Drayton, auditioned and gained entry into The Royal Welsh College of Music Junior Conservatoire.

He began in October specialising in soprano saxophone.

Jakob began learning the saxophone at the age of eight and comes from a long-standing musical family with both brothers, George and Harry, already studying music at university.

Jakob Fradley

"I'm really looking forward to my time at the Conservatorie and will enjoy the opportunity to develop my ability as a soloist," he said.

The Junior Conservatoire is only one of eight in the UK and this advanced course is geared to those aged eight to 18 who show outstanding musical ability, commitment and potential.

Jakob also had a busy summer with the schools choir, who performed at the Symphony Hall Birmingham for the Woodard 1000 Voice Concert on the road to the national finals of the Barnardo's Choral Competition, held at the Royal Festival Hall, London.

Tony Coupe, director of music at Ellesmere College, said: "Jakob is an excellent student with great musical talent. Since starting at the college I have watched his commitment and skills develop.

"The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama will provide him with a range of experiences designed to stretch and develop young musicians. I look forward to sharing more of Jakob's success with the Ellesmere College community as this year progresses."

James Pugh

By James Pugh
@JamesP_Star

Chief reporter at the Shropshire Star covering north Shropshire based at the head office in Ketley.

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