Timothy DoyleMusic BMus (Hons)
"The performance facilities at City provide a great potential for developing instrumental skills and musicianship."
Why did you choose to study a BMus?
When I was applying to study music I wasn't yet sure which musical path I was to follow, whether composer, performer or musicologist. Choosing a BMus allowed me the flexibility to make those decisions along the way rather than jumping into a four-year performance degree.
Why did you choose to study at City?
For me, London is the best place to be. There are so many diverse and interesting gigs, events, people and opportunities here that I would never have had if I had chosen to study in any other city or town. That said, the institution itself offers the same level of diversity and opportunities that allowed me to discover things that maybe wouldn't be on offer in other cities or institutions.
There's always 101 things to do in London. If you are proactive you will always find something to entertain you (mostly for free!). Whether you want to go to a spoken word jam in a warehouse in Hackney or a street party in Brixton, there is always something to do.
What was your favourite topic within the programme?
The performance facilities at City provide great potential for developing instrumental skills and musicianship. Firstly, lessons from members of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama are great and also the ensembles that are run by experts in their fields from around London give an opportunity for students to study music that they might not have come across before. Many of them go on to become experts themselves in these disciplines.
If you could give one piece of advice to a prospective City BMus student, what would it be?
Make the most of being a student in London, go out, meet people and create your own opportunities.