Joshua Osborne Crowned Senior Stoke-on-Trent Young Musician of the Year 2024

In a testament to the exceptional talent cultivated at the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College, Year 2 BTEC Music Performance student and enthusiastic drummer Joshua Osborne emerged victorious as the Senior Stoke-on-Trent Young Musician of the Year 2024.  

This prestigious title was awarded following a fiercely competitive series of rounds, culminating in the finals held on Friday the 19th of April at the Bridge Centre, Birches Head, organised by the City Music Service, Stoke-on-Trent.  

The journey to success was marked by the amazing achievements of music students at the college, with three of them gaining wins in the preliminary rounds. Kara Wheawall-Edwards showcased her vocal prowess, while Dan Sherratt captivated the audience with his brass performance on Cornet. And, of course, Joshua Osborne’s exceptional talent playing the drums shone brightly in the open category. 

Reflecting on these successes, Anna Hughes, Teacher of Music at the Sixth Form College, expressed enormous pride in all the students’ accomplishments. 

The dedication and artistry displayed by our students throughout this competition has been truly inspiring. Their success is a testament to their hard work and talent, as well as the supportive environment we nurture here at the college.

For Joshua Osborne, winning the title was a moment of happiness and fulfillment. 

Winning the Senior Stoke-on-Trent Young Musician of the Year is a dream come true for me. It’s an honour to be recognised among such talented students from across the city, and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities provided by the college and the support of my teachers.

As part of his prize, Joshua will have the privilege of performing a solo at the Victoria Hall in June, further solidifying his place as a rising star in the world of music. 


The achievements of Joshua Osborne and his fellow students demonstrate the thriving musical community within the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College, where passion, dedication, and talent converge to create extraordinary performances. 


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