Postgraduate Student Profiles

Connor WilcoxConnor Wilcox - MMus Pianist 

Connor Wilcox, pianist on the Elmshurst ballet scheme, tells us why he chose to study at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and how he is finding the course.

The Elmshurst ballet scheme is a programme inspiring music students to experience the working life of a professional ballet pianist with its Placement for Pianists Programme. 

What made you choose to study at RBC?

Right from the start – at the very first audition – it was obvious that RBC provides a welcoming and very supportive atmosphere in which to study music at a high level.

What do you enjoy most about the course?

The MMus course is very flexible, allowing me the time and resources to specialise in the things that I like doing most. 

What do you find challenging? 

Making the best use of my time in the practice room. Practising effectively without wasting time and energy is something that I’m much better at than I used to be, but the challenge remains a daily one. 

Can you tell us about a typical day?

At the heart of every day is the planning of my essential practice. I allow at least three or four hours for this each day. This is not just time spent at the keyboard, but a constant intellectual reappraisal of my own approach. Around that I fit in some part-time work playing piano for a local ballet school. Then of course, there’s the general socialising and camaraderie that comes with conservatoire life!

What do you hope to do next?

I will be reappraising this as I approach the end of my MMus course in 2021, but my current intention is probably to apply for a place on RBC’s Advanced Postgraduate Diploma programme.  

What made you choose to study postgrad?

Quite simply, the RBC’s undergraduate BMus course inspired me and left me wanting more.

What advice would you give others?

Be patient, and true to yourself. See every achievement as merely the end of a beginning. Recognise and work with your own insecurities, rather than against them.

What’s the best thing about postgrad at RBC?

It’s the sense that I am constantly working towards and achieving a higher standard, building upon the skills and confidence I gained as an undergraduate. 

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