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BBC Fame Academy bursary winners announced

Category : BBC Talent; TV Entertainment
Date : 18.03.2004
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The official charity from Fame Academy today announced the five winners of its educational bursaries.


The bursaries, set up from the £2.7m generated over the Fame Academy series, are designed to give talented performers under the age of 30 with a passion for music the chance to pursue their dreams.


They will be for up to three year's bespoke music education in the UK or abroad with each winner assigned a mentor considered the best in their field to guide them through their studies.


The five winners of Fame Academy Educational Bursaries are:


Daniel Allinson, 17, plays mirimba, from Stockton-on-Tees, Teeside;

Shona Kipling, 18, plays accordian, from Seaham, Durham;

Vishal Gopal, 23, rapper, from Hayes, Middlesex;

Daniel Powell, 18, plays tenor horn, from Syston, Leicester;

David Rimbault, 23, plays violin, from Manchester.


The winners will feature in Fame Academy: The Next Generation which goes out as part of BBC Talent Week on BBC ONE on 21 March and BBC THREE on 27 March.


The programme follows 20 young musicians as they are put through their paces in the Fame Academy and assessed by a team of experts including Jamie Cullum, Fame Academy coaches David and Carrie Grant and Jill Halstead, Professor of Contemporary Music, Goldsmith University.


The programme is produced by Initial (Part of Endemol UK).


The Fame Academy Bursary Instrument and Equipment awards are also designed to develop new musical talent, giving away more than 150 instrument grants worth up to £1,200 each to young people between the ages of 11 and 15.


The scheme will launch for a second year during BBC Talent Week with entries via the website:


BBC Talent executive Lorna Clarke said: "We were incredibly impressed by the calibre of talent from the thousands of entries we received from across the UK.


"Each of the winners is exceptionally gifted and we hope the bursaries allow them to really explore their potential."


Bursary Trustee Paul McCartney said: "This is a fantastic way to give really talented young musicians throughout the UK the chance to develop their musical skills.


"It can give some a leg up through being able to own their own instrument or put others into the right educational environment to really blossom as a performer."


The Fame Academy Bursary board of trustees includes the chair of the trustees Jane Lush, Controller of Entertainment Commissioning, as well as Alan Yentob, Director of Drama, Entertainment and CBBC; Andy Parfitt, Controller, Radio 1 and 1Xtra; Stuart Murphy, Controller, BBC THREE; Sally Stote, Youth Music; John Keiffer, British Council and Paul McCartney.


Fame Academy: Next Generation Bursary Winners


Daniel Allison – Marimba

Even though Daniel is only 17 he has already accomplished success within his chosen field of music – percussion.


He first started learning the piano aged 8 and sang in his school choir.


At the age of 11 Daniel became interested in percussion - marimba, vibraphone, drums, timpani - and he now has a grade 8 distinction in percussion and drums and a grade 6 distinction in piano.

Daniel has performed in The National Youth Orchestra for three years and is currently the principal percussionist.


He has performed concerts with the orchestra at the Barbican, Bridgewater Symphony Hall, The Malting Concert Hall.


One of his biggest achievements to date is playing at the Royal Albert Hall where he performed his own composition fanfare.


He is also often asked to play for other orchestras around the country and has been asked to play with William Faireys Brass Band – the top brass band in the country.

Daniel also loves to compose his own pieces of music and at the age of 15, along with his Dad, wrote a musical for the school in the space of a week.


Ideally Daniel would love to combine his two main ambitions: he would love to be a solo performer as well as working on TV and Film compositions.


His main influences are solo percussionist Evelyn Glennie and the legendary Film and TV composer John Williams.

Daniel is currently studying his A levels in Music and Music technology and has received an unconditional place at the Royal Northern College of Music to study percussion.

Shona Kipling – Accordian

Shona has been a fan of folk music since an early age.


At 10 she studied the accordion, at 13 the piano and at 14 took up the flute. She has a grade 5 flute and 4 piano.


Shona is currently studying A levels in Music, Geography and Business Studies.

Shona has been heavily influenced by two people – Karen Tweed, an accordionist who Shona has done work experience with, and Catherine Tickell – a Northumbrian Piper.

Shona has performed at a wide range of live events including Northern Symphonia, Folkestra North, Youth Summer School in Durham and took lessons at the Royal Academy of Music, London with the Accordion Professor.

Shona has also entered and done extremely well in competitions. She was a finalist BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards (17), Scottish regional Champion on piano and accordion 3 times (14-16) and the All Britain Champion on the piano/accordion.

Shona's proudest moments so far have been recording and putting out her own CD and getting to the final of the Radio 2 Young Folk Awards.


Another proud yet nerve-wracking experience was when Shona performed solo at Newcastle Arena in front of 9,000 people at the age of 13.

Shona would like to continue her folk music education by possibly doing a degree. She has applied to Newcastle University to study Folk and traditional music.


Shona would also like to put all her efforts into putting a band together with all her contacts in the local area.


Vishal Gopal – Voice / Rapper

Vishal's father always had Asian vinyl around the house and was a big influence on him.


Vishal remembers hearing tunes by legends such as Bally Sago and Apache Indian aged 10, but it wasn't until he was older that he decided to specialise in mixing and DJ-ing.


At 14 he started DJing with friends and swapped an Indian drum for a mixer. From then on was completely hooked.

At 16 Vishal and a friend, who own an Indian catering company, decided that not only could they provide the catering, they could also provide the music.


At 20 Vishal bought a PC and started to get more involved with sampling and mixing, in particular Asian and banghra classics, and mixing with western beats. Vishal has also been writing and Mc-ing since the age of 15.


Tupac was his main inspiration for rapping. But Vishal also appreciates the musical talents and production from a wide range of artists – from Michael Jackson through to Phil Collins and Elton John.

Vishal has been a regular on the live scene and has played at Shaanti in Birmingham, Showcase gigs in the London area, lots of DJ events and has also co-presented on local radio shows.


He has also remixed for a band called Devoted – an Asian three piece which has received Radio 1 and local radio station airplay.

Eventually Vishal would like to set up his own studio, have an independent label and be there for new and upcoming artists that find it hard signing to a major label as he understand fully how hard it is these days.

Daniel Powell – Tenor Horn

Daniel is 18 years old and currently lives at home with his mum, dad and two sisters.


His dad plays the tuba and conducts the local Training Brass Band, where his eldest sister plays trombone.


His mum played the saxophone and clarinet. And his youngest sister plays clarinet and piano for the local orchestra.


Daniel first took up the tenor horn at the age of five and began lessons at the age of nine.

Daniel is currently studying in Leicester for his A Levels in Music, Biology and AS level in Film Studies.


He has been unconditionally accepted to the Royal Northern College in Manchester to study Music.

Daniel made it to the finals of his first ever competition – The National Brass Band British Open Solo Championships - and also got through to the semi finals of the Radio 2 Soloist championships.


Daniel has also played in the National Youth Brass Band at the Proms, Albert Hall and the Birmingham Symphony Hall at the age of 15.

Daniel is very ambitious and hopes to continue his musical education by doing a post graduate degree in music.


Eventually Daniel would like to become a private tutor and pass on his knowledge and expertise in the tenor horn to others.


David Rimbault – Violin

David has been playing the violin since the age of five and was influenced by his father who was a music teacher and taught in a primary school.


David grew up in Gloucester, his mum is a primary school teacher and he has two younger sisters.


David moved from Gloucester to study a post graduate diploma in Music at Manchester University and is hoping to continue for a further year if he can raise the funds to pursue his ambitions of performing with a professional orchestra and teaching the violin at the Royal Academy.

David has played on a regular basis with the Northern Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and was also successful in winning a place to rehearse and perform with the BBC Manchester Philharmonic Orchestra for a two week period.

David's musical influences include Beethoven, The Beatles, Don McLean.

David has spent most of his education time in Manchester and would love to have the chance to see what opportunities are available to him outside of the city.


He is especially keen to study in London.



Category : BBC Talent; TV Entertainment
Date : 18.03.2004
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