We are very proud of the journeys and achievements of our past alumni, and are excited to begin featuring some of their stories below. We hope to continue adding more to our Hall of Fame in the future.
Bangor Music post-Graduate
“Through SWMS I have made lifelong friends and being part of such a vibrant community of young musicians has helped me become a more creative and well-rounded musician.
I really enjoyed the residential courses that SWMS provided during my time on the core programme. They were so much fun and helped me gain confidence in myself.”
During her time with SWMS, Amy also took part in the partnership with the West of England Youth Orchestra for two years, including the 2018 South France tour.
Cambridge ASNC Student
“I’m so glad I was able to be part of SWMS. It provided me with so many great opportunities to both expand my musical horizons and develop my ability to play with other musicians. The fantastic experience that SWMS offers certainly helped shape me into the musician I am today.”
András first joined SWMS as a guitarist in 2014, and partook in a broad range of workshops, masterclasses, and performances before being accepted onto the Core Programme in 2017. Over the next three years, András helped lead a year’s worth of Foundation Workshops, supported the Wurzels, played in a professional production of ‘Rock of Ages’, and became a staple of the Core Residential Jam Night with bands such as ‘Sergeant and the Lonely Peppers’ and ‘The Funky Ducks’, playing funkified rock-classics.
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.
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.