Five cadets from Gwent and Powys Army Cadet Force (ACF) will be hitting the high notes after being awarded bursaries to the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
Cadet Sergeant Jake Thomas, Cadet Corporal Stephanie Chaplin, Cadet Corporal Emelia Rulestone, Cadet Lance Corporal Madison Chaplin and Cadet Hannah Russell have all been awarded bursaries to RWCMD. (all pictured below in order)
As part of the drive to increase the profile of music in the ACF across Wales, Honorary Colonel, Alan Peterson OBE, has funded bursaries for cadets to take part in the Junior Conservatoire at the centre in Cardiff, which offers the only training of its kind in Wales, immersing students in a specialist environment where they can benefit from an intensive musical education.
This provides an incredible opportunity for the cadets to receive one-to-one lessons from some of the most renowned musicians in the world, as well as a whole host of additional support.
The bursaries, which would normally cost up to £3000 per student, are fully funded, and include travel. For some of those youngsters who are considering a career in music, or are planning to join the Corps of Army Music, this will give an incredible lift towards their future goals.
To apply, cadets from across Wales were invited to submit audio recordings of them playing two contrasting pieces of music on an instrument (or two) of their choice, with all five entrants from Gwent and Powys being selected.
The bursary is the first of its kind for the development of Cadet Music in the ACF, and its success will provide a foundation for future schemes, potentially across the whole of Army Cadet Music.
“This is a unique opportunity for Army cadets in Wales, thanks to our extraordinary Hon Col Army Cadets Wales, Mr Alan Peterson OBE,” said Brigadier Andrew Dawes CBE, Commander 160th (Welsh) Brigade and head of the Army in Wales.
“Congratulations to our award winners – we are incredibly proud of you and look forward to seeing you reap the benefits of this incredible opportunity,” said a spokesman for Gwent and Powys ACF.