Pianist in plea for sponsor

A TALENTED pianist is looking for sponsorship in order to further his musical career.

Callum Johnson would love to study for a masters in music at the University of Ulster in Derry, Northern Ireland.

However, the course is unfunded and will cost around £4000 over two years.

Callum grew up in Hallglen and started piano lessons at the age of 10 with Rena Pellegrini.

He attended Graeme High School before moving to Edinburgh to study for a BA in Classical Music at Napier University.

The 22-year-old said: “I’ve been to Derry quite a few times, and it’s a very musical city.

“It was named the City of Culture last year so it would be a great place to study.

“I gave a piano recital there last year and I really enjoyed that.

“There are a lot of great tutors at the university too.”

If Callum manages to raise sponsorship, he will begin the course in September. He plans to do it part time over two years so that he can work at the same time.

Callum added: “I’m hoping that the Masters degree would be a stepping stone towards becoming a lecturer in music in the future.

“I would like to teach music at university or become an examiner in music.”