Music

Where are they now?

ZAK VENABLE. French Horn player Zak is in his final year of a BMus degree at Surrey University and has a place on the Teach First programme for 2015 in London.

ELINOR COOPER KES Dates 2009 - 2011 Elinor is a soprano and during her time at KES in addition to playing a leading role in the Choir she formed a 6th form Chamber Choir which delighted audiences at various concerts. She is now at Bristol University reading Music and has also been accepted on to The Sixteen training programme.  
 
SOPHIE JAMES KES Dates 2009 - 2010 Sophie sings plays the clarinet. She was a leading member of the Choir and Symphony Orchestra at KES and is now reading Music at Bristol University.
 
ANDREW THOMPSON KES Dates 2009 - 2010 Andrew plays the trumpet and led the brass section of the orchestra and big band wih distiction. He is now at Cardiff University reading music playing first trumpet in the symphony orchestra and conducting various ensembles in the University.
 
ALEX HARDEN KES Dates 2005 - 2010 Alex plays piano and percussion and distinguished himself in many ensembles at KES. He has recently completed his MA in Music Technology and has a place to complete a Phd in the coming year.
 
LUCY SMITH KES Dates: 2004 - 2009Lucy plays French horn and Violin and was leader of the School Symphony Orchestra and String Orchestra. She had a musical gap year performing a horn concerto on tour with the orchestra of Trinity College of Music Junior Department. Lucy is now studying in Austria at the Graz Conservatoire and will be returning to the RNCM to complete her BMUs degree in 2014.
 
AVRIL FREEMANTLE KES Dates: 2006 - 2008
Avril plays the violin and piano. She was a member of the NYO, leader of the HCYO and performed Vivaldi’s Summer concerto at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the School Proms. She completed her MA at the Royal Academy of Music where she currently holds an Open Academy Fellowship. She has played with the BBC Philharmonic orchestra and is a player in the Southbank Sinfonia Orchestra.
 
ANGUS FINLAYSON KES Dates: 2000 - 2008
Angus' A level Music Technology result placed him in the top ten across the Country. Angus is currently in his fourth year of the BMus Hons course at Trinity Music College where he won a scholarship to study composition and he has already won various prizes and had work profressionally comissioned. Angus is also a regular writer for The Quietus, an online music publication.
 
ANKE BATTY KES Dates: 2000 - 2007
Anke plays Clarinet, Piano and Saxophone. She was awarded a gold bursary by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music when she was eleven and played for many years in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Anke was a woodwind finalist in BBC Young Musician of the year 2008 and in the last thirteen of the TV show Classical Star in 2007. Anke has recently graduated from Oxford with a degree in Law.
 
IAN GODDARD KES Dates: 1999 - 2006
Following a successful gap year Ian has gone on to study Music Technology at the University of the West of England in Bristol.
 
RICHARD MOORE KES Dates: 1999 - 2006
After a successful year as organ scholar at Southwell Minister, Richard became organ scholar at St John’s College, Oxford where he has recently graduated with a Music degree. Richard recently passed his ARCO and is currently in his second year of Post Graduate study at the Royal College of Music. He is much in demand as an organist in London and has just completed a 2 year period as organ Scholar at St Pauls Cathedral.
 
SASHA KOUSHK JALALI KES Dates: 1998 - 2005
Sasha and was a member of the National Youth Orchestra, the National Youth Brass Band and Brass finalist of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2006. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2010 where he held a scholarship. Sasha is now very much in demand as a free lance tuba player with several professional orchestras up and down the country.
 
SANDY FINLAYSON KES Dates: 1998 - 2005
While at KES Sandy was founder of a jazz band called Midnight Blue. He is now in working for his MA Music Technology at Brunel University. He plays the soprano and tenor saxophone.
 
LIZZIE COLLIER KES Dates: 1995 - 2002
Lizzie studied for her BA Music degree at York University then followed this with a postgraduate in speech and language therapy. She is also a singing teacher and conductor for the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain.
 
NEIL FERRIS KES Dates: 1988 - 1995
Neil studied at Royal Holloway, London, where he specialised in performance. In 1997 he was awarded an ARCM for his performance on the violin. In 1999 he became the conductor of the Royal Holloway Chamber Orchestra, and he has also conducted the Midland Sinfonia and The City of Southampton Orchestra.In 2003 he gained a master’s degree in Performance studies from the Royal College of Music. He is now Head of Choral Studies at the Royal Welsh School of Music  and is the music director of several choirs.
 
ANDREW FISHER KES Dates: 1987 - 1994
He studied at the University of York. In 1998 he won a scholarship at the Royal College of Music where he studied for a masters degree in composition for screen. In 2000 he was given the opportunity to study for a PhD in composition at Southampton University and in 2004 he became a lecturer in composition at Southampton University. In 2006 he won a Vice-Chancellor’s teaching award for his work at Southampton University. He composes music for plays, operas, ballets along with jazz pieces, pop songs and symphonies.
 
NATASHA HUGHES KES Dates: 1991 - 1993
Natasha Hughes began playing the Double bass at 14. She studied with Cathy Elliott at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, and with Kevin Rundell as a post-graduate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She then studied privately with Dave Daly. She has played in the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway and is currently playing with the Halle Orchestra.
 
LEON GREENING KES Dates: 1986 - 1993
Leon studied at Leeds College of Music. He is a pianist in a jazz quintet set up by Christian Brewer and also plays with the Matt Wates Sextet.
 
LUCY BRAGA KES Dates: 1989 - 1991
Lucy Braga is a soprano who studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She sang with the Vienna state opera for several years before returning to England . She has been part of the prestigious Arnold Schonberg choir and is a teacher at KES.
 
PETER WAREHAM KES Dates:1983 - 1990
Pete trained at the Leeds College of Music. He played in the National Jazz Orchestra 1995 – 1999. In 1997 he was a prize winner in the Young Jazz Musician of the Year. Pete plays in jazz band Acoustic Ladyland, and also Polar Bear who were nominated for the 2005 Mercury Music prize. He played New York’s Blue Note Club in 1998 and he appeared with Jools Holland in 2005 with his band Acoustic Ladyland.
 
IAN CADDY KES Dates: 1958 - 1965
Ian studied singing at the Royal Academy of Music, London and is now a well known international Baritone. He has appeared in a wide variety of operas and concerts with all of the major British opera companies and orchestras, as well as amassing an impressive list of engagements around the world, from Vancouver to St. Petersburg, to Hong Kong, to Houston.Has sung at Glyndebourne and for the English National Opera in productions such as Jonathan Miller’s stunning production of The Mikado.
 
MICHAEL VICKERS KES Dates: 1951 - 1958
Mike Vickers is best known as the resident multi-instrumentalist in the original Manfred Mann, but he has participated on and played significant roles in the recording of dozens of successful records by everyone from the Beatles to Gentle Giant, in addition to composing numerous film scores. He is also a composer, arranger, and conductor, working in the idioms of rock, jazz, and orchestral music. Among other projects, Vickers was the conductor of the 13-piece core ensemble playing behind the Beatles on their live broadcast (and record) of "All You Need Is Love" on June 25, 1967, and he later played synthesizer on their final album, Abbey Road. Since then, he has worked across the entire spectrum of English popular music, with singers as diverse as Cilla Black, Francoise Hardy, and Ella Fitzgerald in various capacities as arranger, orchestrator, or conductor, with groups as different as the Hollies, the Bee Gees, and Gentle Giant, and even turned up playing synthesizer on the original 1971 recording of Jesus Christ Superstar.