Student wins second prize in Kathleen Ferrier Junior Bursary

James Newby and Linda HirstJames Newby, BMus Y2, has won second prize in the Kathleen Ferrier Junior Bursary competition in Blackburn.

Held in October, the competition is run by the Kathleen Ferrier Society, and is the only one of its kind in the country. Each conservatoire sends two students who have just completed their first year to Kathleen Ferrier's birthplace.

James said his second place was surprising but very pleasing: "The day was extremely nerve wracking - the standard was so high and singing second from last meant there was a lot of time to get nervous, especially after watching a lot of the other competitors.

"When I think back to this time last year it's remarkable to see how far I have come and how quickly I have improved and that is all down to Trinity Laban and the opportunities and guidance on offer here."

Head of Vocal Studies, Linda Hirst, said: "James sang beautifully, and is our most successful student yet in 18 years of the Bursary." Linda is President of the Kathleen Ferrier Society.

James, 20 and from Leicestershire, currently studies under Alison Wells at Trinity Laban. James holds a TCL Choral Scholarship at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel and also sings with the Choir in Residence at the National Portrait Gallery and Gareth Malone's Voices, among others.

James is pictured with Linda Hirst.

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