The BBC Bursary for new talent in Musical Theatre was launched in 2007 and has helped a number of young students further their studies by offering both financial and emotional help to students who would not have been able to afford their fees.
Last year eighteen year old Katriona Perrett was a recipient of this bursary and has been successful in gaining places at two top drama schools to study Musical Theatre. Katriona auditioned for the fund and was first accepted on to a Foundation Course in Musical Theatre at Mountview.
She received financial remuneration and mentoring from top Musical Theatre professionals. They were able to advise her on repertoire and audition techniques needed to embark on the audition circuit for the three year courses at accredited colleges. She has since been offered a place at Central. Katriona is absolutely delighted with her offers and attributes it to her hard work and the fact that the BBC and her mentors believed in her.
All that she has to do now is to decide whether she will be going to Mountview or Central this September.
Details of the BBC Bursary can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/performingartsfund/musicaltheatre