We’re delighted to share the success of Old Oakhamian, Alex Bower-Brown (OO 16), who has been offered an undergraduate scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music to study singing. He is the fourth Oakhamian to win a place at the Royal Academy in the last few years.
Alex, who was also a music scholar at Oakham, began his musical career as a Chorister at St John’s College, Cambridge. During his time at Oakham, Alex was a leading member of both our Chapel and Chamber Choirs. He was a notable soloist in last year’s Gala concert, held at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford.
“We are all absolutely thrilled that Alex has secured a coveted place to study at the Royal Academy of Music,” says Oakham’s Director of Music, Peter Davis. “It is an incredible honour to have your talents recognised, and then nurtured, by this world-renowned institution. The number of places available to students are scarce and the number of applicants vying for them is astonishing. The fact that he has also been offered a scholarship is a testimony to his outstanding singing.”
Alongside his exceptional vocal abilities, Alex was also principal horn of the school Symphony Orchestra, and performed Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 1 in 2015 with a professional orchestra as part of our extensive concert series.
Since leaving Oakham in 2016, Alex has been enjoying a GAP Year as a Choral Scholar at Norwich Cathedral. As well as singing daily with the Cathedral Choir, he has been continuing with his individual vocal training. “A number of students choose to spend their GAP Year as members of Cathedral Choirs,” says Peter. “It’s a popular choice for musicians who want to broaden their musical experience, prior to going on to study music.”
Alex is joining Oakham’s musical alumni who have gone on to study at other renowned colleges, including Trinity Laban Conservatoire, the Royal Northern College of Music, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.