Jemima Oosthuizen

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Bassoon

Location: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Jemima is currently studying for her Postgraduate Diploma in Orchestral Performance on bassoon at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under the expert guidance of Meyrick Alexander, Steve Marsden, and Christopher Vale.

In June 2014 Jemima graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a first-class honours Bachelor of Music degree. This was made possible with not only the invaluable support of both the Phyllis Little Memorial Trust and the Leverhulme Trust, but also her bassoon and contrabassoon professors: John Orford, Dan Jemison, and David Chatterton, without whom Jemima could not have achieved so much.

In July 2014 Jemima was invited to give an ‘introduction to bassoon’ recital at Twyford School; Jemima was also selected to take part in the London Sinfonietta Academy, a valuable learning experience, where she had the opportunity to learn contemporary repertoire from the experts, under the baton of Pierre-André Valade.

Between her graduation and the start of her Postgraduate Studies, Jemima has channelled her energy in two different ways; she helped to grow a micro-business which publishes a vast variety of music books for various difficulties in diverse duet combinations, and Jemima also had the unique opportunity to learn the essential skill of reed making from Tom Hardy, who took her on as an apprentice, and for whom she has since been making reeds.

Jemima has also performed with orchestras such as the Orion Orchestra and Orchestra Vitae, in events such as the Marylebone Music Festival, the Hampstead Proms. She has also been a member of the band for the Mayflower Theatre in several musical productions, and more recently with the City of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra, and Rhondda Symphony Orchestra

Since the start of her Postgraduate studies, Jemima has had some fantastic, eye-opening opportunities, playing side-by-side with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and the Welsh National Opera, as well as in the RWCMD Symphony and Chamber orchestras.

Jemima is thoroughly enjoying her studies at RWCMD on the uniquely tailored Orchestral Performance course and is very grateful to both RWCMD and Help Musicians UK for their support in her studies.