Academy place for Joseph

Packwood’s Music Department is celebrating again after receiving the news that talented young musician, Joseph B, has won a place at the Junior Academy of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Joseph performed well throughout a rigorous and highly competitive audition process to become the third Packwood pupil in recent times to gain a place at this prestigious school. Year 6 cellist and pianist, Daniel G started there last September, and Old Packwoodian Rowena J joined the RNCM at the age of eight making her the youngest student there at the time. Rowena left Packwood last summer after winning a scholarship to The Purcell School, a specialist music school in London.

Packwood’s Head of Music, Mrs Boutwood, adds, “The RNCM’s Junior Academy is a Saturday school for particularly promising young musicians and places are highly sought after. Pupils spend most of the day at the college every Saturday during term time, not only having specialist one-to-one lessons on their instruments but also learning music theory, choral singing and other aspects of general musicianship. Joseph will be specialising in piano (on which he is working on Grade 6) and guitar (working on Grade 5), having gained distinctions in his Grade 5 and 4 exams respectively.

“Heartfelt congratulation to him from all at Packwood – especially the Music Department!”