Former students of music centre make their mark
FORMER students of the North Devon Music Centre have gone on to make their mark as professional musicians around the world.
And, closer to home, three are helping to shape the young musicians of the future at local schools.
Jo Peacock, who is currently on maternity leave, is head of music at Ilfracombe Academy. Her colleague Abby Cooper also teaches music there.
Another former music centre student Becky Betambeau has just taken up the post of head of music at Bideford College.
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Keith Chivers, a long-standing tutor at the music centre, is delighted that they are helping to teach the next generation of young musicians.
He said: "Players from the centre have gone on to play with the Halle Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, among others.
"I feel that the music centre deserves credit for the professional manner in which the students have been taught and trained."
Becky, now 26, played at the North Devon Music Centre for 10 years, eventually becoming leader of the North Devon Strings and Devon County Orchestra as well.
She went on to win a full scholarship to do a BMus (Hons) degree at Birmingham Conservatoire.
After graduating she went to Cambridge University to study for a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education), following which she was appointed music teacher at Goffs School, Cheshunt. A year later she was made head of music.
After a total of three years there she decided to head home to North Devon. She said: "I missed my family and friends, the sun and the beaches so I came back." Speaking of her new role at Bideford College, she said: "It's brilliant. The kids are absolutely superb."
Eighteen-year-old Emily Bogiatjis of Barnstaple is the North Devon Young Musician of the Year. The award – donated by the Roberts family of Barnstaple and presented by the music centre – goes to the student who has shown commitment and dedication to the centre for many years, as well as often supporting younger students. Strong musicianship, potential and talent are also qualities looked for.
Emily has been attending the centre since the age of eight and has shown all of these qualities.
About 150 students attend the music centre from many schools across North Devon.