Jamal Moyo, a Bury College Performing Arts student, is due to receive the Anthony Van Laast Bursary to study Musical Theatre at the Midlands Academy of Dance & Drama.

Jamal first joined us on the Level 2 Performing Arts Diploma and the former Co-op Academy Manchester pupil has impressed everyone with his progress since then. This included playing a key role in the Christmas Pantomime and also the recent performance of Sweet Charity.

The Anthony Van Laast Bursary is awarded to learners that show outstanding talent. The criteria for the scholarship is based on audition scores marked by a panel of three adjudicators in combination with scores achieved at a Scholarship Open Day. 

The former Co-op Academy Manchester pupil spoke about the different skills he’s developed during his time with us and how this has helped him reach the next step in his education. He said: “I have become much better at acting, singing and dancing. I have also become more confident in my ability as a performer.”

Jamal also spoke about his dreams and aspirations for the future: “I have always wanted to be a performer. I want to tour the world. Bury College has helped me believe this is possible.”

Andy Tomlinson, Head of School of Performance at Bury College, said: “What incredible progress Jamal has made over 3 years since joining us during COVID. This isn’t just in terms of his ability across singing, dancing and acting, but as a person and as a future professional.”

Have you been inspired by Jamal’s success?

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