Why I Chose Diploma – Kelly Northorpe

3rd February 2017

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We chatted to the wonderful Kelly Northorpe, and asked her why she chose the Artist Development Diploma in Vocals at BIMM Brighton.

What drew you to BIMM at such a young age?

After finishing my GCSEs I knew I wanted to try out something completely different. I didn’t want to follow the usual A-levels route, go to the college round the corner, and continue on with strict education which made me feel rubbish every day. I was looking for a brand new experience in a new environment, where I could build new relationships doing what I loved most: performing. I came to one of BIMM’s open days and realised it ticked all of my boxes. I left that day knowing that I would be a student there next year.

How did the diploma course help you?

It was a challenge but one that I thrived on. I knew that I could sing well but BIMM made me realise how little I knew. I learnt music theory, how to sight read, what makes a good ‘rock’ recording voice, and how that differs for a ‘country’ song. The course made me develop into a better version of myself, both in my talents and my knowledge. Most importantly, it introduced me to the world of music business, one that I did not know existed and one that I now work in.

Do you think it benefitted your choice of progressing to the degree?

100%. Without completing this diploma I would have not found the perfect career route for me and the degree course that would help me achieve this. It was a great introduction into the work I would be dedicating myself to for the next three years.

What moment stands out the most from your diploma experience?

One term we were given the opportunity to go into a recording studio in small groups and during our last practice the whole class decided to sing the song together. We all put our phones onto the centre table, pressed record, and in a circle we all sang our parts. It was beautiful with all our different harmonies. The best part was that everyone was smiling and in it ‘together’.  There was no competition: we were there to bring the best out of one another.

Would you recommend it?

Most definitely. It’s a really great way to learn more about your subject of interest, build upon your skills, and see if you want to make your hobby into a career. It opens so many doors and makes you realise just how many routes you can take into the industry you love. It’s an experience you will never forget.

Why wait? If you’d like to start your music career at BIMM, Apply Now or contact our Admissions Team on 0844 264 6666.


Lucy Evers

As an ex-student of BIMM Brighton and a Vocalist in a Math Pop band Orchards, Lucy has an overview of the student experience that applies to you all. Lucy’s passions for music, journalism and photography all coincide here to showcase; live shows, top tips to living a student lifestyle and the general beauty of the city you live in. She wants you to get a down to earth overview of your BIMM student experience.