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Alex wins prestigious LIPA Scholarship

Former Coleg Llandrillo music student Alex Snape has been announced as the recipient of this year’s LIPA Sennheiser Scholarship.

The scholarship means Alex will receive a financial bursary for his tuition at the world-renowned Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, where he is in the second year of a BA (Hons) degree in Sound Technology.

He will also gain access to Sennheiser’s vast network of contacts, and benefit from the audio equipment specialist’s industry experience, expertise and mentorship.

Alex, from Conwy, started at LIPA last September, after gaining a distinction in his Level 3 Music Performance and Production at Coleg Llandrillo’s Rhos-on-Sea campus.

He said it’s a dream come true to be studying at the famous institution.

“It almost feels wrong to ask for more!” he said. “Being able to pursue my passion in a place like LIPA already feels like a dream. But I have also learned that it is important to create my own opportunities.”

Alex has built his own recording studio at his family home in Conwy, while he also travelled to Brazil to field-record an array of sounds for his work.

As part of his application for the Sennheiser scholarship he had to complete a creative task, and his previous experience at Coleg Llandrillo proved invaluable.

Alex said: “The scholarship was a blast to take part in. We did a sound design task for a film, which we were taught by James Taylor in one of our modules at Coleg Llandrillo, so that set me up amazingly for coming here to LIPA and for the scholarship.

“I didn’t have a clue about digital audio workstations three years ago when I first started at Coleg Llandrillo. But I got my head down and worked hard. The course gave me what I needed to know, and I’m so grateful for that. I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for the course at Llandrillo.”

Alex’s creativity and technical skills impressed the scholarship judges, including Sennheiser’s strategic planning manager Tim Sherratt.

Tim said: “With Alex’s combination of passion for the creative matched with his technical proficiency, I am confident he will delight us in the future with his creations, in whatever format they materialise. He has left me curious, and I will be following him closely.”

Theatre sound designer Ben Harrison, who was also one of the judges, said: “Alex is hugely deserving of the scholarship, and I look forward to seeing how he takes his studies and career forward with the opportunities it will bring him.”

James Taylor, programme leader for Level 3 Music Technology at Coleg Llandrillo and Alex’s former tutor, said: "A huge congratulations to Alex for this fantastic achievement.

“Alex worked very hard when on the L3 course and always found exciting routes through the different projects we set. LIPA is a highly regarded institution in itself, but to secure the Sennheiser scholarship is something else! Well done Alex, we look forward to watching your future years with great interest."

Alex is one of several students who have gone on to LIPA in recent years after completing the Music Performance and Production at Coleg Llandrillo.

Dylan Williams, who worked on the Eurovision Song Contest when it was held in Liverpool this year, joined Alex as one of five finalists for the scholarship.

Osian Jones and Lewis Clayton are also on the second year BA (Hons) in Sound Technology with Alex, while Julia Jastrzebska is in her third year of the same course.

For more information on the Level 3 Music Performance and Production course at Coleg Llandrillo, click here. Applications for September 2024 entry open in November.