Anna and Gaynor chat to BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s Culture Club show

Our intrepid AC Academy Scholar, Anna, joined Gaynor (Head of Education) for a live interview on BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire’s Culture Club show. They chatted to presenter Dave Marshall Barrett about our new scholarship scheme supporting young people to take their singing to the next level.  And you get to hear a clip of the incredibly powerful ending of our live performance of Carmina Burana at Warwick Arts Centre featuring 500 children from Solihull and Coventry, our professional singers and musicians, scholars and workplace choir from AC Academy principal sponsors Phillips 66 and JET.

Do have a listen to the show – you’ll find Anna and Gaynor at 1 hour 40 minutes in. (Available to listen again until 11 April).

Anna says being an AC Academy Scholar is a world away from classroom singing and she’s thoroughly enjoying the experience of singing with the professionals.  Last November’s Armistice Centenary performance of The Armed Man has been her highlight to date.  Gaynor explains how the scheme is a progression route for young people singing at home or in class, offering them the tuition and performance opportunities they wouldn’t usually have and giving them a step up to a potential career.

And Gaynor also reveals some of our forthcoming plans, from Beowulf to a project with the King’s Singers and some exciting ideas for Coventry 2021.

AC Academy Scholars get down to the serious business of rehearsing Carmina Burana with Christopher. Image: Peter Marsh/Ashmore Visuals