THREE music students at Brockenhurst College have been offered places at UK conservatoires - the first time it has happened in a single year group.

Will Gadd from Christchurch and Saul Hughes from Highcliffe, along with Sam Reynolds from Salisbury, all made the grade during selection processes at three of the country’s leading institutions.

Will was offered a place to study the Bachelor of Music undergraduate course in vocal studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.

Meanwhile, Saul secured a place to study a Bachelor of Music with honours in jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Saul Hughes said: “I had a lot of support from my teachers to help me prepare for my audition, during which I played two pieces, completed a transcription and wrote a two-page essay.”

Music lecturer Brett Nevill said: “We are very excited that these three students have secured places at some of the most prestigious music conservatoires in the country.

“Passing auditions at this level requires a huge amount of dedicated practice and hard work, so we are extremely proud of these three brilliant young musicians.”

Sam will study for a Bachelor of Music with honours in popular music at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.