A leading name in the Midland music scene has joined the board of Birmingham’s £25 million “fame academy”.
Post Creative columnist Ammo Talwar, music promoter and founder of Punch Records, has been appointed to the board of directors at Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA) at Millennium Point.
The purpose-built school, which opened in September last year, specialises in creative and performing arts and is modelled on the famous BRIT School in London, which launched the careers of Adele and The Voice judge Jessie J.
Ammo, who was awarded an MBE in 2008 for his contribution to music and young people in the West Midlands, said he would help support the “talents and ambitions” of BOA pupils.
He said: “I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to commit my energy and experience to the success of BOA and to these young people.
“I believe that Birmingham Ormiston Academy is the most exciting development in the city, and will soon be at the heart of the creative industries in the region. These young people are full of energy and optimism, and that’s the right way to be at that age.”
BOA is open to students across Birmingham and the Black Country, and houses a 200-seat theatre, four dance studios, six rehearsal studios, an open air amphitheatre and TV studio.
The extended school day runs from 9am until 4.15pm, which includes three four-hour lessons a week in their chosen specialism, as well as time for extracurricular clubs.
The school first opened to sixth form students last autumn, and will now be admitting GCSE-level youngsters from September.
Principal Gaynor Cheshire said: “We’re delighted to welcome Ammo to BOA’s board and are looking forward to benefitting from his experience and knowledge.
“We’re coming towards the end of our first academic year, which has been hugely successful and are looking forward to welcoming the next intake of students.”