COSCAP Foundation celebrates relationship with BRIT School at British High Commissioner’s reception

1.From left, Nick Williams, Principal of the Brit School, Glyne Murray and Professor Sir Hilary Beckles at the COSCAP Foundation reception.

From left, Nick Williams, Principal of the Brit School, Glyne Murray and Professor Sir Hilary Beckles at the COSCAP Foundation reception.

2011 should see young Barbadians given the chance to study at the prestigious BRIT performing arts school in the UK. The Barbados COSCAP Foundation is partnering with the BRIT School in a plan to offer scholarships to two young musicians aged between 16 and 18.

To celebrate the Foundation’s new relationship with the BRIT school, British High Commissioner Paul Brummell invited COSCAP supporters to a reception at his Residence on Tuesday 13 September. Welcoming its Chairman Glyne Murray, Culture Minister Steve Blackett, principal of the school Nick Williams and others, Mr Brummell noted the importance of cultural industries and the high level of success achieved by Barbadians in this field.

1.Pannist Mistral entertains guests at the COSCAP Foundation reception.

Pannist Mistral entertains guests at the COSCAP Foundation reception.

Nick Williams explained that the Croydon-based school was set up by the recording industry in the UK, together with government support. The school’s link with Barbados is the first of its kind.

Paul Brummell also welcomed Paul Russell, a leading executive in the UK music industry, a trustee of the BRIT school and part time resident in Barbados, who dreamt up the scheme to give young Barbadian performers the chance to go to the school.

Famous alumni of the BRIT school include Amy Winehouse, Leona Lewis, Kate Nash and Adele. The school is the only one of its kind in Europe, and it offers all its students free tuition. Funds raised by the COSCAP Foundation will go towards maintenance of students and other costs.

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