Former Applicants

Former Robert Mitchell Award Applicants

Some of the young people who have benefited from the Robert Mitchell Awards


Lana Summad

Birmingham Junior Conservatoire

Lana is an exceptionally talented vocalist who worked hard to gain one of the limited places available at the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire. Lana benefits from having specialist music tuition from some of the best tutors from across the United Kingdom, including her singing teacher Claire Wild who is a professional opera singer. She has been given the opportunity to learn a wide range of songs, which are mainly operatic and is a genre that is very close to Lana’s heart. Lana is currently working towards her Grade 8 qualification in Classical Voice. This means there are a lot of challenging pieces to learn and commit to memory, and quite a few difficult singing techniques which she has to learn to perfect. She has also recently taken part in vocal prize competitions and has been involved in many solo and choral concerts with the Conservatoire; this is fabulous as it has allowed here to develop her performance skills and also to meet people who share her passion for singing and music.

Sophia Ramnarine

The Royal Academy of Music,London

Sophia was invited to join the prestigious Junior Academy of Music based in London after auditioning for a place. Every Saturday she travels down to London where she is immersed in the fantastic music world that the academy has to offer. She has cello, piano, conducting and general musicianship classes, chamber orchestra and symphony orchestra rehearsals. The training is making Sophia a more accomplished musician.


Performing Arts

Shoufan Wilson

London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA) 
Shoufan was given the chance to spend a month at LAMDA in London to take part in a Shakespeare course that consisted many aspects of drama including; classes in voice, movement, acting and the Alexander Technique. There was also the opportunity to take seminars and visit the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Globe Theatre and a West End production.

Elise Pinel

Plymouth College Barbican Theatre Summer Course 
Elise auditioned along with 3,000 other people aged eleven to twenty one to gain one of the 200 places that were available through the Youth Music Theatre UK. Elise was successful in her quest and will spend two weeks on an intensive course where she will be working on technique, strength and stamina, which will help her to learn the material for a performance called ‘The Dance Connection’. The performance will take place in August 2014 at the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth.

Bradley Foster

National Youth Theatre, London 
Bradley auditioned against 4000 people from around the United Kingdom for one of the 500 places available for a summer course ran by the National Youth Theatre. The experience involved working with industry professionals, living in London and performing in a highly attended performance outside the National Theatre. Bradley is currently training full-time on a three year acting course at Guildford School of Acting.

Ramanique Ahluwali

American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York Ramanique gained a place at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, an academy that has trained the likes of Robert Redford, Grace Kelly and Danny DeVito as they began their careers. The two year acting course taught Ramanique the core foundations of acting, in order to succeed in the theatre and film industry.



Regan Jeffrey

International Children’s Games in Lake Macquarie, Australia

Year 10 student Regan Jeffrey travelled to Australia to represent England at the International Children’s Games in Lake Macquarie. He was part of a team of eight swimmers from Leicester who competed against the best in the world within their age range.

Regan is a member of Leicester Swimming Club and has been competing since the age of nine and his dedication to the sport involves training eight times a week including before his college day.

Panagiotis Mamuneas

Member of the Talent Pathway of the British Weightlifitng Association

Pani is on the talent pathway for the British Weightlifting Association which is unfunded. He trains regularly and competes across the globe including, the World Championships in Dubai. He regularly trains at the Powerbase gym, which is based at Loughborough University. He is currently training hard to participate in all the key events that will help him to qualify for the Paralympics in Rio, 2016.

Chloe Bibby

WKC World Kickboxing Championships in Italy

Chloe went and competed in the 2013 WKC World Kickboxing Championships in Italy and came home with a gold medal and also the title of world champion for her age group. Through Chloe’s success at the championships she has been invited to be part of the WOMAA team (World Organisation of Martial Arts Athletes), which involves travelling and competing across the British Isles.

Her ambition would be to represent the United Kingdom at the Olympic Games but currently the sport hasn’t been recognised. She would also like to present seminars, which highlight the sport and also train aspiring children.

Lauren Davies

Cycle Speedway World Championships, Australia

Lauren is an extremely talented cyclist who was given the opportunity to compete in the Cycle Speedway World Championships 2013, which took place in Adelaide Australia. Lauren did extremely well and came home as the Individual women’s world champion. She was also in a team who won the Women’s world Ashes series and won third place in the Women’s international federation Cup.

Nia Durant

World Cheerleading Championships, America

Nia was successful in gaining a place on a cheerleading team to represent the United Kingdom in the World Championships in America during the summer. She will be competing against a hundred other teams from across the globe. The experience will also involve training in championship venues with top class cheerleaders. The competition is the biggest and most recognised in the world.


Volunteering Opportunities

Laura Chamberlain

Volunteering in Sri Lanka

Laura was selected to represent the Leicestershire Girl Guides on a volunteer trip to Sri Lanka for two weeks. Laura will be going during the summer break and will be fully immersed in the local culture. The possible projects that she will be working on will be a building project and helping in an orphanage.