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Student sings his way to success

June 21, 2013

A talented student from West Cheshire College beat hundreds of other students across the UK and internationally to be commended for a prestigious national music award, after the judges recognised him as an outstanding example of vocational success.

Student Luke Cusato was ‘commended runner-up’ for a National BTEC Award

Luke Cusato, 18, from Ellesmere Port, was named ‘commended runner-up’ for a National BTEC Award when his music tutor Martin Holmes nominated him in recognition of his hard work and dedication on his BTEC Extended Diploma in Music Practice.

Luke, who has released his debut EP called Blueskies Sunrise and performed in gigs across the North West said, “It was such a surprise that Martin had put me forward for the award. I feel very humble and honoured that he nominated me.

“I have such a passion for music and I really enjoyed doing the course. I have improved my skills and it was great to have dedicated days where we use the facilities to practice and record.

“I never expected to be nominated for an award and it shows just how supportive the tutors are.

“My future goal is to develop a sustainable music career, win a Brit Award and perform at the Royal Albert Hall.”

Music tutor Martin Holmes, said: “Luke is a great student, he is very passionate about music and spends a lot of his spare time performing gigs at the College and in the local area.

“This is the first time that I have ever put forward a student for a National BTEC Award, but I nominated Luke because of his talent and enthusiasm for music.”

The National BTEC Awards, now in their third year, reward students, along with teachers, tutors, schools, colleges, training providers and employers, who deliver their learning.

Each year teachers, tutors and other learning providers enter BTEC students and Apprentices in schools, colleges and work-based placements who have shown outstanding vocational achievements.

For more information on studying music at West Cheshire College contact the College hotline on 01244 656555 or visit        

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