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ArtsEd has announced the inaugural winner of the Rising Star Award - a prize of £5,000 awarded to a graduate of the Musical Theatre BA programme for outstanding talent and effort demonstrated throughout all three years of their training.

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This year sees 21 year-old Alex Cardall from Solihull as the first Rising Star recipient. Graduating with a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre in mid-July, Alex will go on to make his professional debut in SWEET CHARITY at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury later this year.

Intended to provide much needed financial support to a Musical Theatre graduate, the Rising Star Award will enable Alex and others in coming years to embark on their professional career with a degree of financial security, whilst also strengthening ArtsEd’s mission to provide students and graduates with support in as many ways as possible.

The Rising Star initiative has been created and donated by an anonymous donor with a long-standing passion for musical theatre who approached ArtsEd after seeing so many outstanding graduates in West End shows. Alongside the Rising Star award, their generous philanthropy also supports two annual bursaries for outstanding third year students of Musical Theatre. You can become a Friend, or donate if you wish.

Alex said: “I am delighted to receive this Rising Star Award. I can start my career at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury feeling more financially supported and I am really grateful for that.

“Being at ArtsEd has been a life-changing experience for me. I’ve received world-class training and have made friends and contacts for life - I can now go out into the world as a professional with the richness and diversity of this learning and make my dreams come true.”

Chris Hocking, Principal of ArtsEd says: “Alex is not only an extremely talented triple-threat Musical Theatre performer but he also embodies the ArtsEd ethos of professionalism, dedication, generosity and humility.

“Having won the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year competition in June, it is no surprise to me that Alex is the recipient of this year’s Rising Star Award. We all wish him continued success as he steps out into the world to make his mark in Musical Theatre and the performing arts.”

July 20, 2018

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