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Student Profile: Alex Talbot

Can you please tell us who you are, where you are from, and what you play?

I'm Alex Talbot, I come from Halesowen in Worcestershire and I play bassoon as well as percussion and guitar.

Why did you choose to study a BMus?

Choosing a BMus allows you to pursue a wide variety of musical studies. I really wanted the opportunity to explore music to its fullest during my degree.

Why did you choose to study at City?

After visiting City whilst working towards my A-Levels I realised that the University had everything I needed to achieve my ambitions: it's situated at the heart of London, it's a great course and the facilities are fantastic.

What's your favourite topic (or topics) within the programme, and why?

I particularly enjoy modules that explore the place of music within different cultures as well as our own, so from popular music to wider-ranging ethnomusicological studies.

What are the three best things about the programme?

Personally I would say the quality of the teaching provided within the broad scope of academic modules in the programme, along with the fantastic ensemble performance modules.

What's the best thing about studying in Central London?

The opportunities that arise from just being in London are brilliant; there is always something worth checking out.

What has been your greatest achievement during your time at City?

So far (I'm only just moving into my second year), playing host to - and performing with - representatives of Monobloco from Brazil, an opportunity that came to light through Rhythms of the City, a band made up of students and alumni of various London universities and music colleges. I had been made aware of Rhythms of the City through the African Dance and Drumming ensemble available to all City music students.

If you could give one piece of advice to a prospective City BMus student, what would it be?

Make the most of what is on offer - at the University and in London as a whole - and don't take a backseat.

What are your plans after completing your degree?

I'm not set on anything as yet. My best guess would be to continue working as a professional musician in London and then return to academia at some point to do a Masters degree.