"Since the age of 15 I have been a self taught singer-songwriter, playing regular gigs and recording my compositions in bedroom-'studio'. I left school with no A-levels, worked in an office for 14 years, then left my job to travel for a year while playing solo gigs for work; on my return I decided I wanted to study music. Age 32 I enrolled on an Access to Higher Education in Music diploma course and with no formal training in music and a long break in academic study, I found I was achieving good grades. After being accepted by all of my university choices, I chose Goldsmiths as my firm choice and applied for several bursaries that it offered; I was awarded a bursary for showing academic potential. Being granted this bursary has made studying as a mature student considerably easier and I strongly recommend prospective students to apply for any and all of the ones applicable to them.
What drew me to Goldsmiths was its great location and creative vibe. After receiving offers from all of my university choices, I am glad that I chose to study here. I feel privileged to be studying on the classical music degree at Goldsmiths where I am taught by experts in their fields and study alongside inspiring undergraduate musicians. There are many opportunities to join choirs, ensembles and orchestras plus great facilities including 24 hour library resources. When I graduate, I hope to become a music therapist, involving two years of further study."