BBC Success for Former Music School Student

Former City of Edinburgh Music School student Bonnie Kemplay was selected from over ten thousand entries to be named this year’s winner of BBC Radio 1’s LiveBonnie Kemplay Lounge Introducing talent search. Bonnie graduated from the music school in 2019 and is currently a student at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Bonnie will record a single and Radio 1 live session as part of her prize. Previous Live Lounge competitors include: Ed Sheeran, Jake Bugg, Florence and the Machine, George Ezra, James Bay and Ellie Goulding

Bonnie will perform an original track, along with a surprise cover, in the Live Lounge from midday, Thursday 29 April on Clara Amfo’s Radio 1 show (Mon-Thurs, 10.30am-1pm) It will also be broadcast on all local BBC Music Introducing shows in England, plus BBC Music Introducing in Scotland will broadcast a Live Lounge Introducing special on Friday 30 April from 8-10pm.

Guide for Parents

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In accepting a student into The Music School, The City of Edinburgh Council is making a major commitment to resources, and if the School is to be of maximum benefit to its students this commitment must be matched by that of students and parents. This guide is intended to help parents play their part in the process.

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The Selection Procedure


A preliminary audition can be arranged through the Director of The Music School at any time during the academic year. On the basis of this informal meeting advice will be given on whether or not to proceed further. Those short-listed for a final audition will be called in for assessment by a panel of highly-renowned musicians from both within and outwith the School.

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