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Award-winning composer Shiva Feshareki presents prizes at Bramley School

PUBLISHED: 10:36 27 June 2016 | UPDATED: 10:40 27 June 2016

Shiva Feshareki

Shiva Feshareki


Girls graduating from Bramley School were presented with their leaving gifts by Shiva Feshareki, the award winning composer who won the BBC Young Composer Award in 2004.

Having worked with Bramley School on several projects in association with The Royal College of Music, Shiva was a familiar face to the girls and had some wise words to send them on their way to their senior schools.

Shiva spoke about her ambitions as an 11 year old and encouraged every girl to keep an open mind; find their passion and enjoy the present moment. She said: ”What is the definition of a successful individual? Well, it is someone who has been encouraged to have faith in their unique abilities, and someone who knows they are loved, and uses this to live their lives to the full”. This is very much the ethos that Bramley School shares.

Each Tops (Year 6) girl received a personal accolade from Headmistress, Ms Paula Burgess, as they now move on to the Senior School of their choice. And Bramley’s outstanding track record was underlined with 50% of the girls achieving an academic or sports scholarship to their next school.

Ms Burgess spoke of the ‘growth mindset’ that Bramley School has, where every girl is nurtured and supported to fulfil their potential.

Shiva Feshareki with the Head GirlShiva Feshareki with the Head Girl

In his speech, Chair of Governors, Mr Mike Webb, outlined the development plans that Bramley School has over the next five years which will see the buildings and facilities enhanced and a projected 20% growth in pupil numbers.

Shiva Feshareki is a composer and scholarship graduate from the Royal College of Music. She won the BBC Young Composers Award in 2004 and has awards ranging from the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize, to British Composer Award shortlisted works. She has had performances at major UK venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Institute of Contemporary Art, Barbican, Roundhouse and has had working relationships with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonia, London Sinfonietta and London Contemporary Orchestra. Additionally, Shiva has worked and toured with musicians ranging from cellists Natalie Clein, Oliver Coates and Colin Alexander, to video-gamer/youtuber Freddie Wong, jazz organist Kit Downes and artists Simon Fisher-Turner and Haroon Mirza. She sometimes DJs, and presents experimental classical music on NTS Radio in Dalston.

Established since 1945, Bramley is a leading day school for girls, from rising three to eleven, located in Walton-on-the-Hill near Tadworth in Surrey. As well as concentrating on the academic achievements of the girls, the school nurtures and develops each girl’s special interests, with a broad and modern curriculum. Awarded ‘Excellent’ in all areas following the ISI Inspection in February 2016, Bramley School provides a highly personal teaching approach for each of its pupils.

Shiva Feshareki and Paula BurgessShiva Feshareki and Paula Burgess

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