Meet our students

Here are just a few of the students who benefit from our donors’ generous support.

Emily Mitchell MA (Trumpet)

‘I am incredibly grateful for the support Academy donors have provided. Coming from a single parent home where the only income has been my mother's disability benefits, my family cannot afford to help me with my studies. My award has made it possible for me to focus much more on my real passion and develop my playing to be as good as it can be. Thank you.’

Emily is a postgraduate student studying trumpet at the Royal Academy of Music with Mark David, Will O’Sullivan, John Hutchins, Bob Farley, Paul Beniston, and the late Rod Franks. She has played with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and toured with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

As part of her orchestral training, she has taken part in both the London Symphony Orchestra Brass Academy 2016, the London Sinfonietta Academy 2017, and the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme Orchestral Course 2018. Emily has been chosen as the Philharmonia Orchestra MMSF Brass Fellow for 2018-19 and has won several competitions including the King’s College London Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2014, the Springboard Festival Concerto Competition in 2015, and the Dublin Brass Week Concerto Competition in 2017.

Sake Wijers MA (Musical Theatre)      

‘I am so grateful for receiving this scholarship. I would never have been able to pay for my course without it, as fees and living costs are so high in London, and my parents both struggle with their health. So without this scholarship I would not be here. I can hardly express how thankful I am.’       

Sake Wijers studied Music Theatre at  Fontys School for Fine Arts in the Netherlands. He had singing lessons from Edward Hoepelman and Katrien Verheijden, acting classes from Brigitte Odett and Marc Krone and dance lessons from André de Jong and Danielle Waijers. During his study he played in Fiddler on the Roof and portrayed Harold Bride in Titanic. For his final exam he played a shortened version of Dear Evan Hansen with Sake as the title role Evan Hansen.



Ossian Huskinson MA (Vocal Studies)          

‘Studying at such a high level, in one of the world's leading conservatoires, would have been only a dream had I not had the financial aid offered through the generosity of Academy donors. I come from a low-income background, and I’m so grateful donors believe financial difficulty should never be an obstacle to a musician who shows potential. Thank you so much.’

Ossian Huskinson is a young bass currently studying with Mark Wildman at the Royal Academy of Music. He holds a First Class Honours degree in Music from the University of Nottingham, where he received vocal tuition from Richard Howarth. Whilst there, he performed as bass soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Theresienmesse, as well as a chamber performance of Vaughan Williams’s Five Mystical Songs. Ossian has also twice been the recipient of the department’s annual award for exceptional performance.

At the Academy, Ossian is one of the soloists for the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata series, and regularly performs in the Vocal Faculty operatic scenes. Past roles performed in these include Curio (Giulio Cesare), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Rocco (Fidelio) and Colline (La bohème). Ossian will also be singing the role of King René in the Royal Academy Opera’s Spring production of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.

To support students like Emily, Sake and Ossian, please make a gift to the Principal’s Fund.