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School singing lessons help Cheltenham schoolboy Oscar Osicki win choral scholarship to Cambridge

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: April 22, 2013

delighted:  Oscar Osicki, a pupil from Dean Close School, who was won a choral scholarship

delighted: Oscar Osicki, a pupil from Dean Close School, who was won a choral scholarship

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WEEKLY singing lessons at school proved all that was needed for a Cheltenham schoolboy to win a choral scholarship.

Oscar Osicki, 18, from Charlton Kings, has been given a place with Trinity College Choir at Cambridge University.

And the 18-year-old, who is a pupil at Dean Close School, admitted he had never had any private tuition, only attending a weekly singing lesson at school.

Oscar said: "I was always singing as a child, but I didn't think my voice was very good.

"My voice didn't really develop until a few years ago but when it did I joined the school choir."

Along with singing, Oscar also plays the acoustic guitar and piano and has an interest in composing.

He said: "I really enjoy studying music and learning about how it is put together."

The youngster has already got a CD to his name, having recorded with the Rodolfus Choir and has taken part in two courses with Eton Choir.

"They are really intense weeks where we sing a whole range of music," added Oscar. "It is great because we also sing barbershop."

The talented sixth form student, who will be off to Cambridge University in October, is looking forward to singing at the BBC Proms in July, which will be broadcast live on BBC2.

Oscar said: "I can't wait to sing on the opening night of the Proms. It will be great to sing at the Royal Albert Hall."

When he arrives in Cambridge, Oscar will be singing at three services a week with the Trinity College Choir as well as in international concerts across Canada, America and Australia.

The busy choir also records choral CDs each year.

Oscar said: "In the past, some of the CDs which the Trinity College Choir have recorded have been nominated for Grammy Awards, so that's exciting."

Oliver is looking forward to going to university and is optimistic about the future.

He said: "I've actually have not thought much about a career as a soloist but I do love singing so it could be a possibility at some point. I am really interested in studying music and so I would love to be a composer in the future."

Director of music at Dean Close, Helen Porter, said: "We have been thrilled and privileged to watch Oscar's musical journey over his years at Dean Close and are convinced he has an exciting future ahead of him."

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