Upper Sixth Form student, Edward Sykes has been offered a place at two of the country’s most prestigious music colleges. After a rigorous audition process, he has gained conditional offers at the Royal Northern College of Music and Royal College of Music. Edward began playing the trumpet at age seven, and is currently studying A levels in Economics, Geography and Music.

Edward won his place at the Royal Northern College of Music by passing through two rounds of auditions and interviews. It is highly competitive as it is a leading international conservatoire and only three or four trumpet places are awarded each year.

For the Royal College of Music, the first round of auditions consisted of all candidates playing the same music piece to create a level playing field, followed by a challenging group audition. The Royal College of Music has trained some of the most important figures in British and international music and is also one of the world’s great conservatoires.