Interview with Kizzy, TrinityTalent Class of 2018

We catch up with Kizzy from TrintyTalent Class of 2018 to find out what being nominated meant to her. 

Nominate for TrinityTalent Class of 2019 by 13 December!

Interview with Kizzy, TrinityTalent Class of 2018
“To those looking to nominate someone - just do it! In music lessons, most of the time is spent working on the things that need improvement, so a public acknowledgment of your efforts and accomplishments from your teacher is a brilliant confidence boost as it shows they do recognise how hard you are trying.” Kizzy

Hi Kizzy! You were one of the talented young people featured in the TrinityTalent Class of 2018. What did being nominated mean to you?

I felt very proud to be featured in the Class of 2018!

How did your nomination influence your professional development?

It made me think about my experience and what I’ve gained so I could share my tips with other young artists. 

The news of my nomination was shared in my centre's newsletter and on social media. 

Fab! What have you been up to since being featured in the TrinityTalent Class of 2018?

I've joined the Royal Northern College of Music's Junior Conservatoire to study Voice. I spend every Saturday there; have my singing lesson, sing with two ensembles and study other aspects of music, like conducting, theory and composition.  

Tell us more about your artistic ambitions...

Although my ambition is to be a classical singer, I do love composition as well, particularly composing and arranging music for SATB choirs.  I am now in the sixth form at school, studying Music, Drama and French for A-Level and have already started visiting conservatoires, ready to apply for a degree place in 2021 (tip: applications for conservatoires have to be in by 1st October the year before you start, so go to the Open Days in the Lower Sixth!).  

I haven't taken any singing exams in the last year.  Instrumentalists may sit their grade 8 at the age of 12 if they are good enough, but a singer has to wait for their instrument to grow and develop at a natural and healthy pace! I have had some amazing musical experiences though. 

I had my "dream gig" in January when I performed at The Lowry in Salford, opening for my musical theatre hero, Ramin Karimloo (of Phantom of the Opera fame). I sang four songs and accompanied myself on piano and loved every second!

I sang in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, with my school choir and in St George's Hall, Liverpool and Sunderland Minster with the National Youth Training Choir. I also took part in a choral workshop with the amazing American choral composer Eric Whitacre in London at half term and my next performance will be another dream come true - singing in the choir at the Royal Albert Hall's Orchestral Christmas concerts in December.

Thanks, Kizzy. Such exciting news! 

Check out more young musicians featured in the TrinityTalent Class of 2018

If you want to be nominated, or know someone you would like to nominate for the TrinityTalent Class of 2019, don't forget to do it by 13 December! 

What is TrinityTalent?

Trinity College London has teamed up with Voice Magazine to celebrate the talents of young people who have achieved a Trinity music, Rock & Pop, drama or Arts Award qualification during 2019. Young people aged 13-25 can be nominated for artistic achievement, creativity, progress or leadership by teachers, parents, and peers.

All nominees will receive recognition from Trinity, and those selected for Trinity’s Class of 2019 will also feature in an online gallery on Voice magazine. This isn’t just for high fliers - we welcome nominations of young people who have overcome challenges or made progress in any category.

Nominate for TrinityTalent Class of 2019 by 13 December 

Header Image Credit: TrinityTalent | Kizzy Lumley-Edwards


Nici West

Nici West Voice Team

Nici is the Arts Editor for Voice. She loves all things books, theatre, music, art, visiting other countries, anything creative, and sometimes attempts to make YouTube videos. Alongside Voice she writes and edits through her own pursuits.You can occasionally find her running marathons dressed as a black dog.

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