Music students from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have successfully secured places at top-flight music schools and have had their work showcased on BBC Music Introducing on Radio 1.

Melissa Fear, a former pupil of King Alfred School in Highbridge and now a student at Bridgwater & Taunton College, achieved numerous scholarships and unconditional offers from auditions and interviews.

She has accepted an offer at the much sought-after Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA), co-founded by Sir Paul McCartney, where she will study a BA in Music.

Melissa had the first release of the year on the College’s record label, Brainworks, under her artist name ‘Hera’, with her song ‘Table Salt’ that was featured on BBC Radio 1.

The song is available to purchase and download from iTunes and Spotify. Melissa has performed countless times throughout her two years at Bridgwater & Taunton College.

She also recently achieved a fantastic result in her Grade 5 Music Theory exam and is awaiting the result of the Grade 6 exam that she took during the summer.

Abi Simmons from Burnham-On-Sea, and Tom Isaac from Taunton, known as musical duo Doll Dull, an electronic mix of bass guitar, sampled beats and chilling vocals, are also on the College record label Brainworks. Their first single ‘Saturn’ was released in April.

Abi said: “The music programmes here are brilliant and give us lots of chances to perform to audiences. The record label is amazing, we have released singles on Spotify while still at College.”

Doll Dull performed at the annual Future of Music Festival to a packed audience and both Abi and Tom have been accepted into the prestigious Goldsmiths University London, where they will continue their studies in BMus (Hons) Music.

To find out more about studying at Bridgwater & Taunton College visit its Open Evening in October and find our label, Brainworks, on Spotify or iTunes. Applications to study with us from September 2019 are now open. To apply, see or call 01278 441234.

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