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Sutton Coldfield singer and Paul McCartney
A Sutton Coldfield singer who was selected from 5,000 applicants for one of 20 places at Paul McCartneys performing arts school is appealing for help in raising thousands of pounds to study there.

Sutton Coldfield based Catherine Murphy, 18, who also plays guitar, has been offered a place to study a one-year Foundation Diploma in Popular Music and Sound Technology at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA), co-founded by Sir Paul.

But because the course is not funded through the Government, it means the Sutton Coldfield teenager cannot get a student loan for tuition fees or living expenses.

She is having to raise almost £17,000 for her studies which begin in September.

Although her parents are helping out, it still leaves Catherine with about £9,000 to raise.

She said: My parents are supporting me as much as they can, but they really dont have that kind of money to give away and I have two sisters, which means they have to ensure they can support the whole family.

It also means that when I get onto a degree course next year I will have to pay the higher fees, which means I stand to be in a lot of debt by the time I get a degree.

But she has so far only received a donation of £100.

The Bishop Walsh pupil is also organising two concerts at her school; An Evening with Gordon Giltrap on Saturday, July 2 at 7.30pm and An Evening with the Brumbeat Beatles takes place on Saturday, July 16 at 7.30pm.

Catherine said: This is such an amazing offer and I have dreamed of going to LIPA for years.

I hope I can sell enough tickets to raise the funds I need.

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Posted On:  03 June, 2011
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