Year 8 pupil Michael Doyle is heading to Australia to perform with Percussion Unlimited, an ensemble that is made up of some of the best young percussionists from around the county. The group will be touring Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide during their 24 day trip. The 13 year old music scholar, who recently took a step closer to completing Level 8 in drum kits, an A-Level equivalent, is over the moon to be chosen. Michael said "I have always wanted to play drums from an early age and it's great to be achieving recognition for all the hard work and drum lessons. It's also really nice to perform in concerts such as the one at Lower School and in the Oswestry Music Festival and I am really looking forward to the Australia trip".
Michael, who is a natural drummer, had to perform three songs and build on his Grade 5 skills in order to achieve selection for the trip. The songs included one based on a technical focus, an option to play a cover version, where he took his inspiration from American punk rock band Green Day and an independently created song. He was also part of a small group of talented musicians to be selected for a bursary from the Oswestry & District Art Association to support his trip to Australia, where he will be one of only ten percussionists from the county heading out for the tour on the 18th August. Director of Music at Ellesmere College Roger Paul said "This is a great opportunity for Michael, he is performing at such a high standard for his age and to get the experience of travelling to Australia and performing in various venues is a real life experience that he will never forget."
1st July 2013 Back to News