Olivia Dean Praises “Magic” Of BRIT School

During a special London fundraiser...

Olivia Dean praised the “magic” of BRIT School during a special fundraiser.

The school first opened its doors over 30 years ago, and in that time has produced a slew of stars. A non fee-paying academic institution, it’s been able to build up and champion some era-defining icons – we’re looking at you, Adele – while around 95% of graduates go on to work in the creative sector.

Here’s a fact: students from the School have been responsible for selling over 250 million albums, 69 billion streams, as well as winning 22 BRIT Awards, 19 Grammys, 2 BAFTAS, 2 Oscars, a Laurence Olivier Award, a UK Theatre Award and a London Evening Standard Award. 

Last night the BRIT School Chair of Trustees Josh Berger hosted a special fundraiser at iconic Central London venue Ronnie Scott’s, discussing the work undertaken by the school.

On hand were a pair of BRIT School graduates, each performing and gushing eloquently about the impact those years had on their lives. Multi-platinum songwriter Katie Melua performed two songs from her catalogue, and a deft Janis Joplin cover, before stating that as a child of immigrant parents from the former Soviet Union, “[there was] “no way I could have afforded it… and have my life completely changed.”

Mercury nominated star Olivia Dean was radiant onstage, living out her dreams of playing the piano onstage at the hallowed jazz venue. She told the crowd: “It [BRIT School] set me up for the life I knew I wanted for myself and taught me so much and I just think it is a magic place. Look at all the people it has produced and will continue to do so.”

Alongside that, current BRIT School student Sam Wilkinson closed the show – fresh from sitting his Maths A-Level earlier in the day.

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Photo Credit: Ian Hippolyte

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