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Talented duo score places at top music schools

Published on 01/02/19

A pair of talented musicians at Jane Austen College's sixth form have won places at two of the country's most prestigious music schools. 

Jasmine Smith will be going to London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study the saxophone, while cello player Esther Skipp will study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. 

Esther, who first picked up the cello at the age of four, said it was "really exciting" to be heading off to full-time music study, which she hopes will lead to her dream job working in a theatre orchestra on Broadway or in the West End.

Jasmine currently plays lead sax in the Norfolk Symphonic Wind Band and has her heart set on being a professional soloist or playing in a small chamber group.

Jane Austen College lead music teacher Mr Jackson said: "It is a testament to their high levels of musicianship that Jasmine and Esther received numerous offers from some of the top music schools in the country.

"We have every confidence that they will go on to successful careers in the music industry."