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Music students receive scholarships from former Clash drummer

18 May 2012

The former drummer of legendary punk rock group The Clash, Nick 'Topper' Headon, has presented awards to six students as part of his successful scholarship scheme with Canterbury Christ Church University.

Topper Headon (third from right), with scholarship students (from left to right): Peter Swindley, Rosey Forbes, Sam Ewen, Isaac Ajala, Joe Jeffcoate and Josh Magill.
Topper Headon (third from right), with scholarship students (from left to right): Peter Swindley, Rosey Forbes, Sam Ewen, Isaac Ajala, Joe Jeffcoate and Josh Magill.

This year Topper decided to award a further six scholarships to talented drummers studying Commercial Music at the Broadstairs Campus.  Students receiving this year’s scholarships are: Peter Swindley, Rosey Forbes, Sam Ewen, Isaac Ajala, Joe Jeffcoate and Josh Magill.

Talking about the programme, Topper Headon, said: "This is the third year of the scholarship and I have been able to see the tremendous improvement in all the drummers to whom it was awarded. As it was a new experience for us to start the "Topper Headon" scholarship we have now been able to fine-tune and improve the awards and I think they now work better.

"I am very proud to be associated with all the drummers at Canterbury Christ Church University and intend to keep making a difference in the lives of the drummers who win the scholarship."

Speaking about the scholarship programme, James Dean, Programme Director for Commercial Music at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “The Topper Headon scholarships are so important in encouraging the drummers who are studying Commercial Music, and in attracting outstanding musicians to study in the music department.

“Topper's generosity also maintains the link between the music industry, world famous performing artists and the department. We are indeed very fortunate to have such a great friend in Nick 'Topper' Headon and are very grateful for his support.”

For more information about the Music Department and the Broadstairs campus, please visit: http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/arts-humanities/music/

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Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

•We are the third highest university in England for student employability, with 94.3% of our recent UK graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating*.

•Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).

•We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).

•2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

*2009/10 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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