A local trust has stepped in to help a young Selkirk student realise her dream of studying at the UK’s top music conservatoire in London.
Chloe Heatlie grew up in the Royal Burgh, where she was a member of the school choir and Selkirk Opera.
“This is where my passion for musical theatre began to grow and I decided to pursue it as a career instead of taking up my place on a medicinal chemistry degree at the University of Glasgow,” Chloe told The Southern.
She spent three years studying for a degree in musical theatre at Motherwell College, with much of her spare time spent performing in musicals, cabarets and shows throughout Glasgow and North Lanarkshire.
She graduated in July with a first-class honours degree, but next week takes up her studies again when she begins a postgraduate musical theatre course at The Royal Academy of Music in London.
“I still felt that I needed an extra year to continue to develop my skill base within the three disciplines of musical theatre –singing, dancing and acting – in order to compete with the best in what is a very competitive industry,” Chloe explained.
She is just one of 15 female students offered a coveted place on the postgraduate course.
“Unfortunately, the tuition fees for the course are very high [£14,200] and with the added cost of living in London for a year, the course will cost around £25,000.
“Since having been accepted, I have managed to raise a total of £12,000 towards my fees, including a donation from The John Leishman Memorial Trust in Galashiels.
“It was a very kind offer from the trust and I wanted local people to know about their generosity. I still have a total of £2,200 to raise before the full amount is paid and I am hoping to raise this whilst on the course.”