SWMS Alumni

Below are the journeys and achievements of some of our past alumni.

Sally Bennet

Wind Player with the Mounted Forces Band

Wind Player with the Mounted Forces Band

Sally Bennett is a professional clarinet and saxophone player from Gloucestershire working in the Royal Corps of Army Music.

In 2015, while studying for her GCSEs at a local Grammar school in Stroud, Sally successfully applied to South West Music School. For the next few years, Sally participated in a wide range of workshops, masterclasses, and residential courses as part of the Core Programme with SWMS. She remembers the wide range of opportunities and experiences with enthusiasm, particularly valuing the opportunity to meet and work alongside other young musicians, making many friends along the way.

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Kerenza Hurr

Oxford Music Graduate

Oxford Music Graduate

Kerenza Hurr is a former South West Music School student from Cornwall who read Music at Oxford University, graduating in 2019.

Kerenza joined SWMS in 2010 as a singer, pianist and violinist, attending regular masterclasses and residential courses which introduced her to new genres and likeminded young musicians. This greatly improved her confidence and sparked a real love for collaborative music-making, to the extent that she has since gone on to help facilitate community music workshops herself. Through SWMS, Kerenza also took part in exciting projects such as performing at the Weymouth opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics, and studied A Level Music which helped her gain a choral scholarship at St Peter’s College, Oxford.

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