A young Donegal man is about to achieve the ambition of a lifetime when he takes up an offer to study at one of the world's most famous music colleges at the beginning of next year.
Connor Wilson Crumlish, from Moville, secured a scholarship for the Berklee College of Music in Boston, America.
The 24-year-old is understandably excited at the prospect of heading Stateside in January. He said, "I start my two-year scholarship on January 10th and I'm really looking forward to it. The plan then is to set up a band and get touring.”
While Connor has an array of interests, music has always been top of the list.
He acquired his first instrument, a piano, aged 7. Five years later, he finally got what he always wanted - an electric guitar. Then in later year’s proud parents, Paul and Josephine, surprised him with a Gibson SG six-string on a family holiday to California and eight years later he is still playing it.
During his secondary school days in Moville, Connor learned through guitar magazines, DVD’s and listening to CDs. Taking part in school shows and being in a band gave him further inspiration to follow his dream of becoming a full-time musician.
"Music has always been such an important part of my life and I feel so lucky to have secured a scholarship to Berklee,”he explained.
Connor lists Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher, BB King as his biggest influences, with AC/DC, Guns n Roses and Pink Floyd being his favourite bands.
During his final years of secondary school there weren't enough students to run a music class. Consequently, this left Connor having to get his notes of a friend in the neighbouring secondary school and self-teach the course.
In his final exam, however, he still managed to obtain an A grade.
After he completed his secondary studies he went on to study Science in Dublin - he went to NUI Maynooth to specialise in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Chemistry, before moving to study Jazz Music at Newpark Music Centre, Blackrock, Dublin. Connor achieved his Diploma at Newpark in 2016.
He explained that he is looking forward to Christmas at home with his family before embarking on his new exciting journey.
Connor concluded, “Through all my schooling, I never lost sight of my ambition and would have sacrificed so much to achieve the opportunity I've secured.”
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