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Central Coast flutist scores spot at prestigious Music Academy in London

05-Mar-2018 Central Coast flutist scores spot at prestigious Music Academy in London

Central Coast Conservatorium is proud to announce that Honours Flute Graduate Alyse Faith has successfully auditioned for the Royal Academy of Music in London to study a Master of Arts (Performance). Alyse will relocate in September and is very excited at the opportunity.

Alyse is four-time-winner of the Central Coast Conservatorium’s Woodwind Scholarship and received the Pearl Beach Music Scholarship in 2012. As an undergraduate in Melbourne, she studied with Mardi McSullea and was the recipient of The Talent 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne Audience Vote Performer of the Season Award in 2016 and in 2017 the winner of the Most Promising Wind or Brass Award in the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition.

Now 22, Alyse began her music journey at age 8 at the Conservatorium, learning flute with Lyn Brislan. “Lyn is one of the most inspiring people, as a musician and as a person”, says Alyse. Now retired, Lyn is a highly distinguished flutist and piano accompanist and taught at the Conservatorium for many years. Alyse remembers her first lesson in one of the holding cells in the heritage Courthouse building, which is the Conservatorium’s main campus.

One of the benefits of learning at the Conservatorium is having regular concert practice sessions and joining an ensemble. Alyse says this helped her develop the mental strength needed as a performer. “I really value the incredible orchestral and ensemble experience, which developed my chamber music skills and gave me the opportunity to learn to play in an orchestra – skills which are different to solo playing but equally as crucial!”

Under the Artistic Directorship of Patrick Brennan, Alyse played in the Conservatorium’s flagship ensemble, the Central Coast Youth Orchestra, as well as woodwind ensembles. “She was one of our stellar students in our program”, said Mr Brennan, CEO and Artistic Director at the Conservatorium. “I am truly delighted to hear how far Alyse has come with her playing and it’s great to see that her dedication has paid off with her being accepted into one of the most prestigious music institutions in the world”, he said. “I feel so fortunate to have started my career on the Coast with the wonderful tuition and backing I received. I will always be proud to acknowledge this help”, replied Alyse.

One of the world’s most prestigious institutions to study music, the Royal Academy of Music, a constituent college of University of London, is the oldest of the conservatoires in Britain, offering the finest in music education. Renowned Conductor Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Elton John and Annie Lennox are among its former students. “I expect the Academy will be a very inspiring and vibrant place, and I’m looking forward to learning from amazing flute players and surrounding myself with wonderful musicians. I hope the Academy will help me expand my chamber music repertoire and open up opportunities to play with inspiring musicians. I also look forward to orchestral experiences and to working with prominent conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle!”.
Alyse will present a Flute Recital in the Robert Knox Hall, Central Coast Conservatorium on Saturday 14 July from 5.30pm. Alyse hopes to see as many people as possible in the audience, especially those who have helped her over the years.

Photo: Lyn Brislan (back) & Alyse Faith (front). Lyn, Alyse and Patrick Brennan (CEO/Artistic Director CC Conservatorium) Photo Credit: Kelly Lea Photography

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