They say that you will never forget your time at university and that is 100% true for me. To go from a state school to a specialist institution which dealt only with one subject (for me it was specialising in Trumpet playing) was a very big jump to make. There was always a performance to watch somewhere in the building, a talk on about something new and fascinating, space to work on some new music I was studying, or friends and peers relaxing in common areas to hang out with. The ‘work hard, play harder’ strategy was implemented from day one. I feel very fortunate to have had some incredible support to allow me to explore different areas of the music profession, to have met some amazing friends and to have experienced some wonderful moments including: tours to Japan and Europe, performing at the BBC proms, to be able work with conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Pablo Heras-Casado and Semeon Bychkov and to be awarded a fellowship for the Open Academy (The Academy’s outreach programme) for the 2014/15 academic year. These five years will stay with me forever.