Girls graduating from Bramley School were presented with their leaving gifts by Shiva Feshareki, the award winner composer. Shiva won the BBC Young Composer Award and has worked with Bramley School on several projects and in association with The Royal College of Music.
Shiva spoke about her ambitions as an 11 year old and encouraged every girl to keep an open mind, to find their passion but also to enjoy the present moment.
In part of Shiva’s speech she asked: ‘What is the definition of a successful individual? Well, it is someone who has been encouraged to have faith in their unique abilities, and someone who knows they are loved, and uses this to live their lives to the full’, very much the ethos that Bramley School shares.
Each Tops (Year 6) girl received a personal accolade from the Headmistress, Ms Paula Burgess, as they now move on to the Senior School of their choice. 50% of the girls have been awarded an academic or sports scholarship to their next school.
Ms Burgess spoke of the ‘growth mindset’ that Bramley School has, where every girl is nurtured and supported to fulfil their potential.
In his speech, Chair of Governors, Mr Mike Webb, outlined the development plans that Bramley School has over the next five years which will see the buildings and facilities enhanced and a 20% growth in pupil numbers projected.
Shiva Feshareki is a composer and scholarship graduate from the Royal College of Music. She won the BBC Young Composers Award in 2004 and has awards ranging from the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize, to British Composer Award shortlisted works. She has had performances at major UK venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Institute of Contemporary Art, Barbican, Roundhouse and has had working relationships with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonia, London Sinfonietta and London Contemporary Orchestra. Additionally, Shiva has worked and toured with musicians ranging from cellists Natalie Clein, Oliver Coates and Colin Alexander, to video-gamer/youtuber Freddie Wong, jazz organist Kit Downes and artists Simon Fisher-Turner and Haroon Mirza. She sometimes DJs, and presents experimental classical music on NTS Radio in Dalston.