Callum Binns, Awardee 2009-2012, classical guitar Currently studying BMus(Hons) at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
I chose the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama largely because of the atmosphere of mutual respect between the college and the students. It also felt like a great place to expand my interests and learn about all sorts of different styles of music.
The best thing about going to a conservatoire is that you are constantly interacting with other people who are just as excited about music as you are, and there are a lot of opportunities to learn new things from people with different areas of expertise. A huge abundance of free or very cheap concerts by both other students and visiting performers is a real bonus.
I’m currently playing Spanish Vihuela music, which is a departure in both style and technique from usual guitar repertoire. I look forward to learning about music from other parts of the world, especially Africa and South America, throughout the next three years of my four-year course.