Canterbury College Music student Daisy Phillips has been chosen as 2017’s Freddie Mercury Scholarship winner. This will mean Daisy will now receive her entire Creative Artistry course at the Academy’s Guildford campus fully funded.
The application was open to every Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) students. Entrants were selected by ACM lecturers, with the final five sent to Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen to select a winner.
Kieron Pepper, Head of Creative Output at ACM (and former member of The Prodogy) said: “Daisy Phillips was selected from some of the most talented individuals in the country to join ACM this new academic year. It was her compelling performance, honesty in her lyrics and background story that truly resonated with those involved in the selection process. I am personally looking forward to working closely with Daisy to help her develop further as an artist, singer-songwriter and industry professional.”
ACM’s exclusive Freddie Mercury Scholarship was set up in 2015 to honour Freddie’s 70th birthday. Each applicant has to record a 7 minute video telling the lecturers about themselves and their career prospects and perform an original song.
Daisy said: “Receiving a scholarship means the absolute world for so many reasons - to be chosen by my lecturers, and then have Roger Taylor think I am talented enough to deserve this scholarship is an absolute dream. It feels like coming to college to do music was the right thing to do. Without the support of the Music Department at Canterbury College I wouldn't have looked into going to university, so I'm also really grateful to them.”
“I would say to new music students learn to take advice from the people who know what they are talking about. There is always room to grow as an artist or performer, so don't settle for being as good as you are in this moment. Believe that you are talented and that confidence will take you places. Don't be afraid of just going for it because you never know what opportunities may come your way.”