16th October 2017


At the age of nine I was taken to see R.E.M as my first concert. Surprisingly enough it took place in Manchester, Old Trafford Cricket Ground to be precise. Despite being so young, it really struck a chord with me. I was captivated by the entire performance but most importantly I loved hearing the songs that were so familiar being played live.

Since then and especially as I grew older, I began to travel to Manchester on a regular basis to attend concerts. Over the years it’s progressed from travelling here every couple a months, until eventually I was making the journey two to three times a week. With a range of venues across the city, it allows for a music scene so broad and so encompassing that it’s impossible not to find something on. I’ve come to know the city inside out, so much so that I knew I wouldn’t want to be studying anywhere else.

When looking into university courses I started very early on, in order to find a way to combine my love of music and enthusiasm for writing. The first time I visited BIMM Manchester for an open day was before I sat my GCSE’s. It feels like it’s been a long time in the making but seeing the industry connections and opportunities BIMM has to offer makes me excited to get stuck in.

Finally being surrounded by like-minded people gives me hope that I’ll be able to get involved with upcoming musicians/bands and (as someone who really enjoys discovering new music) the thought of this thrills me. Eventually I wish to use my writing in order to support new artists and with the help of BIMM I believe I will be able to learn the skills and make the connections to do just that.

Find out everything you need to know about studying a Music Journalism Degree here.


Philipa Wynne