Lostock clarinet musician wins place at Royal Northern College of Music

Natasha Lomas

Natasha Lomas

First published in The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , education reporter

TALENTED musician Natasha Lomas gave the performance of a her life — and was rewarded with a scholarship at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music.

The 18-year-old will take up her place at the world class conservatoire in September after wowing the Manchester based-college with her clarinet performance over two auditions and an interview.

She was offered a place at the college along with places at top Russell Group universities — but knew where she wanted to go.

The Bolton School student said: “I am really happy to have been accepted. I knew straight away it was where I wanted to go.

“Studying at the Royal Northern College of Music will give me so many opportunities to perform.

“That is what I am looking forward to.

“The degree is over four years and it is a real opportunity to be going to the Royal Northern College of Music.”

Natasha, who last year gained a place with the Halle Youth Orchestra, has performed at home and abroad, including at the Bridgewater Hall.

She has just returned from the Montreux Jazz Festival — the world’s most prestigious jazz festival — with the Bolton School Band.

Members were lucky enough to met Paloma Faith.

Natasha, from Lostock, will receive £2,000 in her first year for her audition pieces, including a performance of the Brahms Clarinet Sonata.

The teenage music sensation is also celebrating another top music accolade after passing the Associate of Trinity College London diploma in saxophone with a distinction.

She discovered a love of music aged just six and can also play the flute.

Natasha took up the clarinet in 2007 after asking parents for one as a Christmas present.

In 2008 she performed with the BBC Philharmonic at Salford University.

Natasha said the clarinet was her favourite instrument and added that she enjoyed music because it provides the opportunity to see different places through touring and meeting people.

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9:00am Sat 30 Aug 14

always lancastrian says...

Congratulations to Natasha, it is a real achievement.

Saiqa, the correct name for a 'clarinet musician' is a clarinetist.
Congratulations to Natasha, it is a real achievement. Saiqa, the correct name for a 'clarinet musician' is a clarinetist. always lancastrian
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