Karl Westwood

Case Study

Karl was a member of OBA Treorchy between 2010 and 2015 and is now a professional musician.

We caught up with Karl to hear about his experiences with The Aloud Charity. 

What was the best thing about being in OBA?

The best thing about being a part of OBA was the chance to meet lifelong friends and share really special, pivotal moments together.

As a teenager what were your ambitions?

When I joined OBA, I desperately wanted to study music at university and become a professional musician.

Did being a member of OBA help you achieve your goals or ambitions?

Absolutely – if it were not for the discipline and inspiration from Tim and the Choir Leaders, I would not be doing what I do now.

Where are you now?

I am in London working as a professional musician! My time is spent between my work as an editor in a music publishing house, further study, playing piano and leading choirs. It’s a joy!

What advice would you give to a boy who is thinking about joining OBA?

Do it! Don’t worry about looking ‘uncool’ – I had the same worries, and shortly after joining I appeared on TV with the choir. The day after, I kept getting stopped around school and being recognised!

Can you sum up your OBA experience in 3 words? 

Life-changing decision.

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