A TALENTED Colne Valley student has taken a further step in the right direction to becoming a professional musician.
Marsden saxophonist Jacob Shaw has won a place at the prestigious Royal College of Music in London, where he will study a postgraduate Masters degree in music.
And he has praised Kirklees Music School for their support in the early days of his musical career.
Former Colne Valley High School and Greenhead College student Jacob, now 21, started playing the saxophone when he was nine while at Marsden Primary School.
He went on to play with the Colne Valley Music Centre and says he is indebted to centre staff Rachel O’Sullivan, Matt Delaney and Denise Dransfield, who have supported him along the way.
“I am very grateful to Kirklees Music School for an excellent musical grounding which has helped me reach the stage of my career I am at today,” said Jacob.
“The saxophone is still not widely acknowledged as a solo instrument. It is an evolving instrument and it is exciting to be part of this,” he said.’
Jacob is currently studying for a music degree at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.
During his time there he has been involved with sessional work for minor UK films.
Jacob’s mum and dad, Steven and Anne, are also keen musicians.
Steven is learning the bass guitar and Anne is learning the piano.
Jacob’s sister, Leanne, plays the flute.
Jacob is looking for support and anyone who can offer sponsorship is asked to contact him either at: www.myspace.com/jacobshawsax or firstname.lastname@example.org