Clifton College pupil Anastasia Laurie has won a place at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music to study cello in September 2015.
The Academy is one of the top music colleges in Britain. As the UK’s oldest conservatoire, it is ‘inspired by the past but committed to shaping contemporary musical life’. Student are taught by outstanding teachers, with the aim of becoming a professional musician upon graduation.
'I feel honoured to have been given a place at the Royal Academy of Music and to have the opportunity to pursue a career as a professional musician’, says Anastasia. ‘I began learning the cello six year ago, aged eleven; since then I have been a student at Junior Trinity Laban Conservatoire (a Saturday Music School). Since September 2013 I have been a student at the Junior Academy of Music, performing in the symphony orchestra and choir, as well as various chamber groups, and studying with the cellist Robert Max.'
Anastasia gained her Music A level two years ago whilst taking her GCSEs, and since joining Clifton College Sixth Form has studied Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics.
Daniel Robson, Clifton College’s Director of Music says, 'Anastasia is hugely talented musician who plays with sensitivity and maturity beyond her years. We are all delighted that she has been offered a place to study cello at the Royal Academy and see that as another step towards an exciting future as a musician. Well done Anastasia!'
Picture shows Anastasia Laurie performing at a Chamber Music concert in St George’s Bristol, January 2014