Year 11 student Amy Ronson could well blow her own trumpet, after being accepted at the largest specialist music school in the UK.
Amy, a pupil at St Aidan’s C of E Technology College, has spent years playing the trumpet, perfecting her performances and performing as a vital part of the school’s band.
And now it has been confirmed she will spend her sixth form years at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, an aspiration she has held for a long time.
The 15-year-old had to go through a tough and competitive audition process before being selected.
Her application had to be reviewed, before she was invited to attend an assessment of audition – which included preparing two contrasting pieces of music on two different instruments.
After that audition was successful, she went through to a main audition, which also required preparation.
Amy said: “I had spent months preparing for the audition and was really quite nervous. I performed two pieces on the trumpet and one on the piano in front of the Head of Brass.
“After I’d found out I was successful and got a call-back for the second audition, I practised and perfected my playing. The second audition was in front of the head of music, as well – which added a little pressure.”
She was over-the-moon when she heard she had got a place.
“I got a text from my mum at school as the letter arrived after I’d left in the morning. I was too excited to wait to get home to find out, so I rang my mum at break-time to see what the letter said. I was so happy and relieved to have got a place.”
And musical talent runs in the family, as Amy’s older sister Ella, 18, also won place at the school in 2012 and will graduate from the school next summer.
Amy added: “I didn’t initially want to move away from home and board, but when I saw how much Ella has improved, I knew leaving home to do this was the right thing for me. I’m really looking forward to going.”