Formers pupils of Hurstmere who have taken part in StudioFix, who are now in higher education or have gone onto careers in the music and entertainment industries, can be inspirational and relatable role models to our current students.
Please get in touch if you are an ex-pupil of Hurstmere who regularly participated in Studio Fix, and would like to feature on our Alumni page. We will also be recognising and celebrating the varied talents and achievements with articles in Hurstmere's forthcoming newsletters.
Mr T Monks
Class of 2012
Mr Monks' love of music was evident from the start of his education at Hurstmere. He wanted to be involved in the performing arts and the Music Department gained a dedicated star!
A highlight of his time at Hurstmere, Mr Monks says, was performing at The Royal Albert Hall for the Music For Youth Proms.
Mr Monks gained DD* in BTEC Music Technology and subsequently offered his services at Hurstmere to support Music lessons and Studio Fix. He also worked at Urban Development, a London-based organisation playing an integral role in the growth of urban music.
Currently on tour with Nine Below Zero, taking part in jam sessions with members Squeeze's Glenn Tilbrook and recently earning a VIP invite to Paul McCartney's session at Abbey Road alongside Nile Rodgers, Stormzy and Johnny Depp, Mr Monks is also involved in various local bands, as well as helping to support grassroots acts with high profile 'open mic' events.
Class of 2014
William was a regular fixture in the Music Department and in Studio Fix. He performed in many school concerts and Studio Fix competitions and events.
After leaving Hurstmere, William attended Townley Grammar School where his achievements results in a scholarship to study for BMus (hons) degree, on trombone, at the Guildhall School of Music.
During his secondary education William’s love of Music, and his trombone, saw him attend the Junior Guildhall School of Music for three years. He performed with the London Symphony Orchestra within the ‘On Track Next Generation’ scholarship scheme for four years, which included playing at the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony. His other performances have included The Festival Hall, The Fairfield Halls and with The Sidcup Symphony Orchestra.
William was awarded the Bexley Young Musician 2016, which he says “was a dream come true” and how it meant the world to him.
Since joining the Guildhall School of Music William has been part of ‘Orpheus Brass’, a brass quintet made up of pupils studying together. He has played with many orchestras around London including the London City Orchestra, Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra and Docklands Sinfonia. He has also been fortunate enough to perform in the orchestra of London’s Bridewell Theatre in The Pirates of Penzance.
Class of 2014
Whilst at Hurstmere Robert was always part of the in-house 'Tech Team', displaying great skills with cameras, lights, sound - an all-round Media geek!Lucky for Hurstmere, Robert volunteered for anything and everything. He took his A levels at Beths Grammar School, during which time he continued with his media hobbies. After working as a Runner/Camera Assistant at ITV and Thames Television, Robert is now an Apprentice Broadcast Camera Journalist at BBC News. Robert's typical day involves shooting & editing TV packages, filming live broadcasts to daily bulletins and news channels, as well as producing news packages for radio, both in the UK and abroad. He can turn up to start work and could be sent anywhere and to meet anyone. One minute he could be outside the Old Bailey filming and later in the day can be covering a story on the 100mph winds battering Britain's coastline. Other recent work includes working on shows like Later...with Jools Holland, The One Show, Mercury Prize 2016, Glastonbury and Wimbledon. Robert has said that whilst he had the opportunity to go to University he is glad that he chose an Apprenticeship. Mixing on-the-job experience with college-based training, whilst getting a qualification and being paid for it is a brilliant way to get into an industry.