George Blakesley

Why did you choose to study Music at The University of Manchester?

George Blakesley

In music, I am most interested in performing and composing. The highlight of my course has been the opportunities to perform with my peers or on some occasions with professional musicians and have my own compositions performed.

What has been the most challenging part of your course so far?

One thing that has challenged me is the level of academic excellence across the board. Being surrounded by people who share the same passion as you can be daunting, but ultimately you are constantly encouraged and inspired by your peers.

How would you describe your student experience?

My experience as a student has given me confidence as an adult, allowed me to fulfil my creative goals and make friends for life. I was able to join the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and have also been able to get to know and perform with students at the Royal Northern College of Music, due to the university’s proximity to their campus. As I would like a career in the music industry, getting to know musicians from across the north well be indispensable in setting up a list of contacts for work later down the road.

What is the best thing about living and studying in the city of Manchester?

Arguably being able to access world-class music and a variety of music venues for a cheap student price is one of the highlights.

What are your plans for life after graduation?

I now plan to study a full-time performance master’s at a UK conservatoire. This course has helped immeasurably in developing my musicality and giving me an extremely well-rounded education in music.