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Weymouth student wins scholarship to prestigious music school
2:30pm Wednesday 18th July 2012 in Local News
An international music school has offered a Wey-mouth student the chance of a lifetime.
Jordan Clarke, 16, of Wyke Regis, has won a scholarship to the prestigious Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.
Jordan completed two auditions before being accepted into the school. He wrote and performed his own piece of music for the audition, as well as being interviewed about his passion and interest for composition.
Chetham’s is the largest music school in the UK and takes students from all over the world. Scholarships for Chetham’s can be a rarity but Jordan’s dreams of becoming a composer are that little bit closer now.
Jordan said: “There will be so many opportunities for me. It’s going to be a really good experience.”
At the end of the year all the composition students get to hear their music performed by the orchestra.
He added: “That’s the best thing I could do at the moment, it will be absolutely fantastic to hear an orchestra playing my work.”
Jordan started playing piano when he was nine years old but it wasn’t until he joined All Saints School that his exceptional talent became a passion.
He completed his music GCSE two years early and has already completed his A-Level this year.
Jordan said: “All my teachers have been fantastic, all the way through the audition process they were by my side.”
Jordan’s music teacher Charlotte Musgrove said: “It’s his life. Everything revolves around music for him.”
Miss Musgrove said her student was a lovely lad and incredibly grounded. “He is a great inspiration to the other pupils.”
Jordan is a member of WOW, Weymouth’s youth musical theatre and is the in-house pianist at Weymouth Pavilion and has already composed a musical entitled Andrew, which was the All Saints’ 2011 school production.
Jordan said: “This is the best next step for me and my career.”
The school only holds 280 students in total, making Jordan’s scholarship a huge achievement.