Lawrence Schofield, a Year seven student at Tanbridge House School in Horsham, was given the opportunity to experience his dream career recently when he shadowed and accompanied elite musicians at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London.
Lawrence was a VIP guest at Trinity Laban and showed off his musical talent to some of the country's finest musicians.
After observing a composition masterclass with Professor Robert Saxton from Oxford University, who himself was taught by Benjamin Britten, Lawrence sat in on the four part choir rehearsal. One of the highlights of the day for Lawrence, whose dream is to become a professional musician once he finishes his education, was the conducting class, led by the conductor of the Junior Trinity Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Morley. Little did Lawrence know that, following this, he would be asked to join in a big band rehearsal, as the two trombones who normally took part were busy elsewhere.
"It was so good," Lawrence said, "the band was so friendly and great fun. I joined in as best I could, although some of it was quite tricky. The band leader, Barry Graham, was really encouraging, which meant that I wasn't too afraid of making a mistake." Straight after Big Band, Lawrence went to observe the main orchestra, the Junior Trinity Symphony Orchestra. Much to his surprise he was again asked to take part.
Marion Friend, Director of Junior Trinity, commented: "Lawrence is already an accomplished musician, particularly bearing in mind his age. During his day with us he was surrounded by other gifted young people who are also considering a career in music. I hope that we motivated him even further to pursue his ambitions. He is always welcome to contact us in the future."
Jules White, Head Teacher at Tanbridge, commented: "This was an incredible opportunity for Lawrence to see first-hand the dedication and talent that is required to become a professional musician. Trinity Laban is an outstanding performing arts establishment which hosts and trains some of the finest musicians and dancers in the country, including some past Tanbridge students, so we are delighted that we were able to offer Lawrence this experience as part of our Ambassadors Programme."
Picture - Andrew Morley (L) and Lawrence. Picture courtesy of PMW Communications