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It’s been recognised for many years that there is a string link between medicine and science and the arts. As far back as Ancient times Apollo, according to Greek and Roman mythology, was god of music, medicine and poetry.

As many of you contemplate and complete University applications, you’ll no doubt be include playing several instruments to a high standard and membership of multiple musical ensembles.

To that end, it didn’t seem totally incongruous for St Emlyn’s High to have a Music Department. Of course, this was helped by the leading music educator Greg Beardsell being my brother.