James Blackford

Music

International Studies: Master of Music

I have been accepted into the Master of Music program at the Royal Northern College of Music, studying with two of the worlds leading euphonium players, Steven Mead and David Thornton.

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The past 5 years playing professionally has been filled with many opportunities to develop and grow as a musician. I have a clear vision and I know what I want to achieve as both a performer and educator. Now is the perfect time for me to dive back into study and begin the next chapter of my career.

The Royal Northern College of Music is based in Manchester, England, the home and heart of brass banding around the world. It is here that Steven Mead and David Thornton have been teaching for a combined total of over 40 years, building an international reputation for the RNCM as one of the best places in the world to study euphonium. Students travel from all over the world to study here, and many go on to become leading euphonium performers and educators in their respective countries. I will be the 2nd Australian ever to study a Masters on euphonium at this prestigious school.

Manchester’s rich history and culture of brass banding means I will be in the middle of the action, and be exposed to many opportunities not currently available in Australia.

As an international student, I have to pay the course fees up front before I can begin the program. This is where I need your help. Even with a scholarship and bursary I received from the college, there is still close to 20,000 pounds I have to pay. The funds I raise here will be the final push I need to get me over the line and much needed support to springboard me into a rewarding Masters and future career as an artist.

My own savings have and will cover my travel costs, visa costs, living costs and a large portion of the course fees.

I have worked hard to make this plan come to fruition and I am very passionate about what I do. I can’t wait to spend the time overseas taking that next step in my career and I hope in the future I can bring my knowledge home and contribute to the Australian community.

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James Blackford

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NSW

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James Blackford graduated with a bachelor’s degree in advanced performance from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 2014. During his studies he was awarded first place in numerous competitions, performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and successfully auditioned for the position of solo euphonium with the NSW Police Band.

In conjunction with this role, James has continually worked as a freelance performer. Highlights include performances with Warringah Brass, Pacific Brass, National Australia Brass As well as numerous recording projects, most recently as principal euphonium with Pacific Brass during an Australian first brass band recording at the ABC. As a soloist James has won state and national euphonium titles, appeared in the final round of the Macquarie Philharmonic concerto competition and the semi-final of the euphonium artist division at the 2016 International Tuba Euphonium conference.

James is the current national euphonium champion and in October 2019 will perform in the live finals of the Australian Music Foundation Awards, held at the Royal Academy of Music, London. James looks forward to embarking on the next stage of his career in Manchester studying a Master of Music at the Royal Northern College of Music.

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