Four outstanding bands and four exceptional vocalists from the University of Cambridge will receive coaching from industry professionals as well as performance and recording opportunities having been selected to participate in the University’s newly-launched Advanced Popular Performance Scheme, which seeks to foster excellence in popular music.

The vocalists – who will be mentored and coached by Lucinda Allen (Teaching Fellow in Vocal Studies at ICMP) and Anton Browne (Voice, Musicianship and Songwriting tutor at the BRIT School) – are:

  • Iona Luke (English undergraduate at Magdalene College)
  • Maya Moh (Music undergraduate at Homerton College)
  • Garbhán McEnoy (Music undergraduate at Girton College)
  • Jordan Moxey (PhD student in Public Health and Primary Care at Queens’ College).

Outstanding bands András Droppa, Hot Content, Quasar and Temor – which bring together 21 current students and 3 recent graduates drawn from 12 colleges – will meanwhile work with mentors including saxophonist Tim Boniface and BIMM lecturer and session keyboard player Emily Francis.

Centre for Music Performance Director Simon Fairclough commented ‘We’re thrilled to welcome the Advanced Popular Performance Scheme’s first cohort: huge congratulations to everyone who has secured a place.  The Scheme extends Cambridge’s provision for exceptional student performers, building on the success of established talent development programmes including the Instrumental Awards Scheme for Chamber Music and the University Lieder Scheme.  We’re looking forward to supporting the bands and vocalists over the remainder of the academic year.’

A gig showcasing members of the scheme will be held in Lent Term.