Meet the Alumni – Bethany McLeish

The Music Service has had the privilege of working with many accomplished young musicians from Luton over the years. We asked some of them to share with you their experience learning and playing music and how it has helped them in their careers.

Bethany McLeish – RNCM Orchestras and Ensembles Assistant Manager

What did you study with Luton Music Service?

With Luton Music Service I studied Clarinet, Saxophone & Voice. I think I may also have played keys for Luton Youth Jazz Orchestra (LYJO) a couple of times!

What were your highlights?

Singing at the Royal Albert Hall with LYJO for the Children’s Proms.

Where has music taken you?

I went to study Music at the University of Manchester where I continued having singing lessons and performing with various choirs. While at university I got heavily involved with MUMS (Manchester University Music Society) acting as the Social Secretary in my second year and the Chamber Choir Manager in my third year. This really opened my eyes to all the work that goes on behind the scenes in the music industry and has led me to pursue a career in Arts Administration and Concert Management.

Working at the RNCM has been absolutely brilliant and I have been lucky enough to work on some amazing projects and concerts, including two tours to Italy. I am still singing regularly and have recently performed with Manchester Chamber Choir, Peculi8 and Bedfordshire Youth Opera. In the future I am hoping to study a postgraduate degree in singing.

What advice would you give our students?

Always make sure you’re having fun and enjoying what you’re doing, it will make it so much easier when you have to practice!