Freddie Mercury Legacy Lives On In Chiswick

As local music studio awards the first scholarship to honour the Queen frontman


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Chiswick-based ACM (Academy of Contemporary Music) and Metropolis studio have announced that the first ever Freddie Mercury Scholarship has been awarded to a talented young songwriter, Arjelevez Maxwell.

The late Queen singer, who spend several childhood years in Feltham when his family were forced to flee Zanzibar, would have turned 70 on September 5th 2016. The scholarship has been set up by Queen members and the music studio to create a legacy for the next generation of gifted students.

Arjelevez Maxwell - Freddie Mercury Scholarship winner

Arjelevez will be studying her Music Industry Practice degree at Metropolis/ACM and was chosen for her outstanding talent for songwriting, her passion and potential. Both ACM and Queen felt that this scholarship would be an excellent celebration of Freddie’s 70th birthday which fell on September 5th. Top singers who have recorded at Metropolis include Amy Winehouse,

Metropolis Studios CEO, Ian Brenchley, is looking forward to welcoming Arjelevez Maxwell to the powerhouse studio which is the world’s largest independent recording facility, where over 50% of the UK’s Top 40 is serviced.

Freddie Mercury

Ian Brenchley CEO, Metropolis Studios said “We are very excited to welcome Arjelevez on to our ACM degree programme here at Metropolis. Freddie wrote and recorded so much material at our studio and we really feel his legacy lives on whenever we hear his Fazioli grand piano played in Studio A. As a creative at the forefront of the industry and a pioneer of his time, I know Freddie too would be extremely pleased to offer this fantastic opportunity to such a talented young woman.”

Arjelevez said:"I was already incredibly excited after my induction day at ACM and moving back into London, it's quite nerve racking to drop everything you once had planned to fully immerse yourself into music so you can pursue your dream.

“I love making music more than anything and already felt so lucky to have an opportunity to do this at the Metropolis Studios, so I really am over the moon to have been picked for the scholarship and ready for what the future holds!"

September 29, 2016

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