Creative and Performing Arts Bursary: Sian Robinson

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Siân, who grew up in Dover, began playing the oboe at the age of 9 and was taught by Catherine Smith for 8 years. She progressed rapidly during this time and was awarded a TryAngle Award for Personal Achievement in Music and a BBC Young Talent Fame Academy Bursary in 2006. She was a pupil at Dover Grammar School for Girls before moving to The King’s School, Canterbury for Sixth Form after being awarded a music scholarship and bursary. There she was taught by Helen Vigurs, from the English National Opera. Siân was delighted to gain a place to study Classical Oboe at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where tutors included Alison Teale, the Principal Cor Anglais player of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 Siân has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and St John’s Smith Square, London. She particularly enjoys playing in chamber music ensembles with her fellow students, and still plays regularly with the White Cliffs Symphonic Winds. In 2014 and 2015, she was the Oboe Tutor on the Deal Festival Summer Music School. Outside of her studies, Siân enjoys bell ringing and singing with her church choir.

Sian says: “The RDHCT Grant made it possible for me to buy both an oboe and a cor anglais within my first 6 months of being at music college. Being able to play on a professional model oboe and owning my own cor anglais has made it possible for me to improve my standard of playing, especially the quality of my sound. The rate at which I have progressed would not have been possible on a student model oboe. Owning my own cor anglais has also allowed me to accept more musical engagements, including the opportunity to fulfil a lifelong ambition of playing at the Royal Albert Hall.”

In the future Sian hopes to freelance with the major London orchestras, and to play in a successful Chamber Music Ensemble once she leaves college.