Andrew McCoy receives a grant
of £1200 . from Lisburn Arts Advisory Committee
to pay for music tuition in London. Presenting
the grant are Stephen McLaughlin Chairman of
LAAC, Winifred Bell board member LAAC and
Richard Yarr, Vice Chairman of LAAC.
A THIRTEEN year old Lambeg boy has been
awarded a grant by the Lisburn Advisory
Committee to help with the costs of
travelling every week to The Royal College of Music in London.
Last year, Andrew McCoy was invited to attend
an audition to The Royal College after being awarded a
Leverhulme Scholarship from the National Children's Orchestra of
Great Britain of which he has been a member since 2005.
After successfully completing the audition in
June, he was offered a place in the Junior Department.
At his audition, both Peter Hewitt, the
Director of the Junior Department and renowned trombonist and
RCM teacher Simon Hogg described Andrew as "hugely talented,
lots of very good potential, musically aware".
Andrew and one of his parents travel to
London each Saturday where he has lessons in trombone, piano and
musicianship as well as performing in various ensembles.
Andrew's father David said: "We leave the
house at 5.30 in the morning to get the first flight to London
for Andrew's classes which begin at 9.30. They finish at 5.00pm,
and we arrive home by 10.00 in the evening.
"It's a long day but Andrew is finding it
both rewarding and enjoyable."
Lisburn Arts Advisory Committee Chairman
Stephen McLoughlin, said : "The Committee are delighted to be
supporting such an incredibly talented young artist."
Andrew, plays in various groups in school
Methody, including the orchestra and jazz banc as well as the
music group at his Church . He also travels to England three
times a year for week long residential courses with the National
Children's Orchestra of Great Britain performing in such venues
as The Queen Elizabeth Halle, South Bank