Year 10 pupil wins places for prestigious summer courses
Congratulations to year 10 pupil Daniel D who has successfully won places at the short summer courses for the National Youth Jazz Collective (NYJC) and also the National Youth Theatre (NYT).
Daniel commented about his audition experiences, saying: "For my NYT audition, I had to memorise a two-minute monologue. I chose to perform the iconic ‘Is this a dagger' speech from Macbeth. I had to record a video of myself performing the monologue wrapped in a blanket, for the kings' robes, wielding a butter knife instead of the dagger. A week or so later I found out I qualified for the second round of live digital recalls. On the day of the recalls, I was overwrought with nerve. I performed the very same monologue to a set of judges and was asked to change the way in which I performed it. When I received the email a month later that I got in, I was ecstatic, I had never been in a theatre company before".
He added: "For the NYJC audition, I saw that there was one audition spot left and took it. I didn’t know what NYJC was at the time, but a friend of mine had given me a beginner's jazz saxophone book for my birthday just recently so I decided to have a go. With a lot of help from my teacher and practise almost every day until the audition, I was ready. I turned up to the audition expecting it to be very intense, but everyone was relaxed, and it was a very chilled out atmosphere. A week later I got in: so now I have my summer holiday fully booked and I need to cook for myself and prepare to live with a group of people I’ve never met before".
Well done Daniel and best of luck for your musical summer ahead!