Meet Our Junior Conservatoire Students: Max Burns

The RCS Junior Conservatoire is a nurturing and empowering space for young people aged 8-18 who want to improve their artistic skills, gain self-confidence and learn with other like-minded people.

In this blog series, we hear what some of those young people like about the Junior Conservatoire, and why they look forward to classes every week.

Max is a student on the Acting programme from the Junior Conservatoire of Drama, which is available for young people aged 12-18. Acting is just one of the dozens of courses that we run at the Junior Conservatoire. Find out more and apply.

Max is on the Junior Conservatoire of Drama’s Acting programme, learning all about the craft of acting and what it takes to become a professional actor.

“During my time at Juniors I have learnt an immense amount about acting,” he says. “The course is packed full with everything we need to know as young actors and perfectly prepares us for a career in the arts.”

Just a small number of students are accepted into the programme each year so that teaching can focus on each individual’s development. Max says, “they are the most amazing group of people I’ve ever met, every week I am so excited to learn and grow with them and if it wasn’t for each of them as individuals, I’d be a completely different person and actor today.”

As well as his classmates, Max singles out his teachers for praise – “they all work so hard to deliver an amazingly thorough course,” – particularly when it comes to the move to online learning. “Moving online was very different but did by no means impact the amount of learning. Our tutors transitioned perfectly and still successfully manage to deliver interesting and useful lessons every Sunday”.

The course is designed specifically for young people who aspire to study acting at further or higher education level. The intensive training programme gives you the opportunity to explore your creativity, grow in confidence as a performer, and establish a strong voice and movement skills.

Max says, “I auditioned for Juniors twice. My first year I was quite young and looking back I was definitely not ready.” The panel became less intimidating when he realised, “they were all there rooting for us, they wanted us to succeed and do well”.

“If I hadn’t auditioned for Juniors I have no idea what I’d be doing right now, I doubt it would be auditioning for drama school,” says Max. He has three words for anyone considering applying: “GO FOR IT!”

For 50 years, the Junior Conservatoire has nurtured and empowered young people to fulfil their artistic potential, develop essential life skills and explore a world of possibilities within the arts and far beyond. Many Junior Conservatoire alumni have gone on to study the performing arts full time (at RCS or elsewhere) but many have also taken the self-confidence and life skills taught at the Junior Conservatoire and gone on to excel in other fields such as journalism and medicine.

We believe that encouraging and supporting young people to be the best they can be in a vibrant, happy and encouraging environment can help them grow, finding self-confidence, new artistic influences, and making life-long friends in the process.

Young people aged 8-18 can come and study lots of different genres within music, dance, drama, production and film techniques, all within the same world-leading facilities and from the same expert, knowledgeable tutors that our undergraduate and postgraduate students have access to. Find out more about the Junior Conservatoire.

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