Maestro lands prestigious college spot

October 5, 2022

A talented young musician from Goole has secured a place at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM).

Isaac Bristow has bagged a sought after place on the junior programme at the Manchester based music conservatoire to study composition. The Junior RNCM is a vibrant community of gifted young musicians aged 8 to 18 who come together to develop their talent within the music school. Isaac will be attending the college every Saturday, studying with exceptional tutors whilst performing and composing with likeminded musicians.

Earlier this year, the 15-year-old was crowned the BBC’s Young Composer of the Year which saw him receive the opportunity to compose a commission for the BBC Concert Orchestra which was performed at The Prom at Battersea Arts Centre. It was following his success in the BBC Young Composer competition that Isaac decided to take the leap and audition for the renowned music school. The budding musician said: “With my BBC commission, I was given the opportunity to compose a piece of music for the BBC Concert Orchestra. Though it was a daunting task, I was supported by the two tutors of the scheme - Dobinka Tabakova and Gavin Higgins - who both gave me lots of invaluable advice and encouraged me to try new things. “It was also an amazing experience hearing my music being played in the BBC Maida Vale Studios, as well as the Battersea Arts Centre in London, where the BBC Young Composer prom and the BBC Radio 3 broadcast took place. “I am extremely thankful for the entire experience and that it has given me the platform to be able to study composition at the Royal Northern College of Music's Junior Department.” The Goole Academy pupil began playing music when he was just six-years-old after being inspired by his older brother who is also a keen musician.

Isaac said: “My older brother Jake has always been into music and he has been a big inspiration for me. I started playing the drums when I was six and then I got a bass guitar from my brother and started learning to play that.” Isaac has also credited his music teachers at Goole Acdemy for helping him to get where he is today. He said: “My piece for the competition was played entirely on the keyboard, which I only started playing about a year ago through school, so everything I have learnt has been thanks to my teachers. “Miss Gage has taught me a lot of new techniques and has really helped me. I also attend School of Rock in Goole and they have taught me a lot too.”

The school’s Principal, Julian Harrison added: “I’m delighted for Isaac.  He’s such a talented student and a great ambassador for the school! It’s been a real pleasure watching his interest grow and his talent develop during his time at Goole.” In the coming months during his time on the junior programme, Isaac will have the opportunity to undertake classes in musicianship, theory and composition techniques, as well as preforming drums in the jazz sextet. Under the guidance of some of the best musicians in the business, Isaac is hoping to continue progressing in his musical journey.

Goole Academy pupil, Isaac Bristow has secured a place at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). (30-09-99 GT/EC)

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