w304 - Music BMus

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Meet Laura from the UK

About me

Choosing Newcastle 

Being able to perform with professional musicians and in regular concerts held within the International Centre for Music Studies (ICMUS), was a major factor for me – I was passionate about performance and knew before I came to Newcastle that this was the area that I wanted to specialise in.

The music department is also noted for its excellence and high quality of teaching. The instrumental tutors are all experts in their field, with the majority working as professional musicians either as soloists or orchestral musicians. Many of the instrumental tutors are drawn from Royal Northern Sinfonia. 

My decision to choose Newcastle was cemented when I went to look around the University on an Open Day as I instantly fell in love with the campus and felt at home there.

Studying at Newcastle 

The course at Newcastle is amazing! I really enjoy studying here. I have regular one-to-one lessons with my trombone tutor which are supplemented by workshops with the head of performance and visiting artists.

The facilities at Newcastle are brilliant. Within the department you have access to a range of world and early musical instruments meaning that as well as progressing on your chosen instrument, you can also learn a new one. All of the computers are installed with the latest musical software and all of the rooms contain pianos.

The King’s Hall and Recital Room are both brilliant performance spaces and are both used for recitals.  

The lecturers within ICMUS are brilliant. They are all so supportive and approachable. If ever you need any help you can go and see them either in their office hours or during drop in sessions. They are all contactable by email and always do their best to help you. They are all extremely knowledgeable about a variety of different fields meaning the teaching at Newcastle is second to none. 

Recommending Newcastle 

I think the best thing about Newcastle is the fact that it is a small, friendly city. Newcastle has a very good cultural scene and there are always opportunities to experience world class music at The Sage Gateshead as well as local artists at places such as Bar Loco.

The best aspect of being a student is being able to control your own learning and shape your own education. You have a lot more agency and freedom to study exactly what interests you.

One of the highlights of the music department calendar is the ICMUS Summer Music Festival which is run by the students within the department. The festival showcases lots of different genres of music and students have the opportunity to perform and have their compositions performed. 

Getting involved 

When I’m not studying I spend lots of time practising my solo repertoire in preparation for recitals. I also spend a lot of time in rehearsals as I'm involved in a lot of different ensembles, including the Newcastle University Symphony Orchestra. Recently, we performed Verdi’s Requiem in The Sage Gateshead to over 1,000 people.

I also regularly perform with Newcastle University: Renaissance Band; Sinfonietta; Brass Ensemble and Trombone Quartet to name but a few.

Although practice and rehearsals take up most of my time, I also work for the University as a student ambassador and student mentor promoting the University to visitors and school students. I am also part of the music and history societies and the Zumba society. 

Future plans

After I graduate I would love the opportunity to study for a Masters degree in Music here at Newcastle or a conservatoire, as I would love the opportunity to focus more on performance.

Throughout my time at Newcastle I have used the Careers Service a few times. I used the Service to get feedback on my personal statement before I applied for postgraduate study. I found this extremely helpful and it gave me the knowledge and confidence that my statement was the best it could be to gain a place on my desired course.