Bradfield College Scholarships in Sport and Music

Elstree received more good news last week, and this time from Bradfield College.  Torren and Alex in Year 8 have been awarded a Sport and Music Scholarship respectively.

Bradfield College Sport Scholarship for Torren

Torren has always loved football in particular, and drop kicked a ball at an early age. Joining his first football team (Kvicksund in Sweden) at two and a half, he played matches with children two and three years older than him.

Aged four, the family moved back to the UK, where Torren joined his school and local teams in Amersham.

Torren was eight when they relocated to West Berkshire, joining the Thatcham Harriers and AFC Newbury Football club. He was then selected for the District squad in Year 6.

At Elstree, Torren  joined the U11A team, becoming the highest goal scorer of the season. In Year 7, he joined Elstree’s 1st XI, where he’s remained since. 

He was selected for the draft squad for ISFA in Year 8, but due to the global pandemic, has unfortunately not yet been able to play. 

Also a talented cricket and hockey player, Torren has been captain and played in the A teams. He is also part of the elite squad at Bradfield Tennis club.

What did Head of Elstree Sport Mr Champkin have to say?

“I am extremely pleased for Torren in achieving his sports scholarship to Bradfield. He has worked extremely hard to prepare over the past few months both at school and at home.

He deserves special credit for his hours of dedicated practice over the Christmas holidays to put together his extensive football skills video for Bradfield. Some of his football skills on are unbelievable! Well done Torren and best of luck on your continued football journey and for the future.”

Bradfield College Music Scholarship for Alex

Alex started singing in Elstree’s junior choir in 2015 and took up singing lessons the following year.  As a member of the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain (NCCGB) since 2017, Alex had the privilege to sing in the 20th Anniversary concert in Birmingham Symphony Hall.

An active member of the Chapel Choir, Alex sang the solo ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ at last year’s Carol Service. He has also performed several solos in Chapel.

In 2013, Alex started learning the piano and shortly after, the recorder. He then moved on to the bassoon. Regularly performing in the informal and formal music concerts, Alex has successfully passed Grades  5 in singing and is due to take Grades 5 in bassoon this term. He has also completed Music Technology Levels 1-8.

What did Alex’s singing teacher Lys Hayes have to say?

“Alex studies singing with me at Elstree and is currently working at Grade 6 level. He recently gained a high Merit in his Grade 5 ABRSM singing exam. Alex has a natural affinity with music, and particularly strong instincts in choral and sacred repertoire, which have suited his treble voice to date. He has musical ability and enjoys singing anything from musical theatre and film music to the deeper core classical repertoire.”