Student awarded scholarship to study in Rotterdam

Trombonist, Katie Blackburn

BMus trombonist Katie Blackburn has been awarded a Van Beek-Donner Foundation Scholarship to support her Master of Music degree at the Codarts University for the Arts in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The Van Beek-Donner Foundation allocates four scholarships per year, and applications are only accepted from women studying, working or living in Rotterdam who lack financial support to continue their studies.

The scholarship was named after Grada Van Beek-Donner, who started the Van Beek-Donner Foundation in 1942 with the aim of providing women with the opportunity of economic independence.

Head of Brass Amos Miller said: “I am absolutely delighted for Katie. She has worked her socks off over the last four years – culminating in a very high first-class mark in her recent final recital – and is hugely deserving of this highly prestigious scholarship.”

Katie said: “I was over the moon to find out I had been chosen as a recipient for this scholarship – very much speechless when I received the call. It will have such a positive impact on my life in Rotterdam. I can't thank everyone at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire enough for supporting me over the last four years and giving me a platform to grow to be able to achieve something like this.”

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