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Listen to DMU Music's vocal scholars' final performance recital


DMU Music's scholarship programme provides a unique opportunity for talented DMU student musicians to develop their musical skills and general musicianship through coaching and social impact projects.

Working with internationally renowned specialists in their chosen musical pathway, each DMU Music scholar receives 1-1 tuition, in addition to having the opportunity to explore music in the contexts of health, wellbeing and recovery, as they further enhance their own musicianship and musical identity.


In 2019/2020, DMU Music awarded four students a scholarship, including two vocal scholars; Katie Start, third-year Drama student and Amber Disley, third-year Forensic Science student. Since the beginning of last year, Katie and Amber have been working with vocal specialist Andrew Ashwin (FRSM) who's international performing career spans 15 years. Andrew’s education work includes teaching at the Royal Academy of Music and University of Nottingham, as well as choral directing, private tuition, and national and international examinations for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).

While the DMU Music Scholars end of year public recitals could not take place as planned, instrumental and vocal scholars were instead offered the chance to make a professional recording of their recital programme, working with specialist sound engineers from DMU's ITMS team and recorded in the Chantry Building.

DMU Music is delighted to be able to share the first batch of these scholar recordings, featuring solo voice by Katie and Amber, and each accompanied by Andrew. Both scholars have selected and performed their programmes based on their skills and interests, and are available for listening via SoundCloud here.

Philippa Steel, DMU Music Officer said: "We are so proud of all our scholars this year who have continued to work extremely hard in their tutorial sessions as well as getting involved in other aspects of our music programme.

"These recordings are a great achievement and something that the students can take forward in their musical careers. We are so pleased to be able to share these first sets of recordings by two of our scholars, and it’s been wonderful to hear how they have progressed over the year!

"We also give huge thanks to the ITMS team, who were able to support us in creating these fantastic recordings."


Posted on Friday 18th December 2020

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