Rio-leanna Donkin

1st year Music Performance student

STAR STATUS: Rio-leanna Donkin is a first year student currently studying BTECs in Music Performance, Music Technology, and Drama, alongside her English and Maths. With her sights set on a singing career, and some amazing performances already notched up, she shares her Wilberforce story with us:

I came to Wilberforce from Malet Lambert School.  Wilberforce was definitely my number one choice when looking at music courses in Hull. The teachers are passionate, the course has a great success rate, and we’re offered loads of opportunities to plan and perform at events.

I have a passion for performing and the Music Performance course in particular has been helping me develop my technique, given me live performance experience and teaches us all about marketing and promotion in the music industry.  I have been singing for many years and have had some amazing experiences already, taking part in singing competitions such as CBBC’s Young Performers and more recently, performing on the same stage as Emilie Sandi and Lewis Capaldi at the 2019 Sports Personality of The Year Awards. 

My teachers have been so supportive with my singing, they really understand what I want to achieve with my classes and push me to be the best I can be to succeed. I feel my confidence has developed as well as my knowledge and my technique. My team-working skills have developed on the drama course, and even though I perform solo when I’m singing, it’s a great experience to be involved in a performance by the whole class. 

I would love to be a successful pop star and tour the world, and I’m currently following my dreams to pursue this career with the help of my family and teachers. But I recognise how competitive the industry is – that’s part of what we study on these courses, we learn to audition and we learn about the odds. So I feel it is important to learn the business and to have an education that will support me in a career in music and to have something to fall back on. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a vocal coach or music teacher. I would like to go to university to get a degree to teach, and my education at Wilberforce is preparing me for this. I’m looking forward to seeing what skills my second year on the course will bring.

Rio-leanna Donkin