BIMM Diploma students hit the headlines

Student Success

BIMM Diplomas are a fantastic route to Higher Education at BIMM and are a natural stepping stone to a Degree course. BIMM Manchester, Dublin and Brighton Diploma courses are free to UK and EU students aged 18 and under, and are accredited by our highly respected educational partners including Central Sussex College, Knowsley Community College and Dublin Institute of Technology.

At BIMM, we like nothing more than to sing the praises of our talented, hardworking students who’ve used their BIMM connections to good effect. So we thought we’d tell you about some of our Diploma students and graduates currently making waves in the music industry.


Izzy Bizu

Izzy Bizu is one recent graduate who’s had a huge amount of success in a very short period of time. She studied a Diploma in Vocals at BIMM London, and in the last two years alone has placed second in the prestigious Critics’ Choice Award at The BRITS, made the BBC Sound of 2016 longlist, signed globally to Epic Records, performed on Later… With Jools Holland, played Glastonbury twice, and toured with Sam Smith, Rudimental and Foxes. Her debut album is out in May and we can’t wait to hear it!

Ryan Burnett

Ryan Burnett started at BIMM Brighton courtesy of a scholarship to study Vocals he received from Ronan Keating when he was 17, and then went on to study a Higher Diploma in Songwriting. Since graduating, Ryan has toured the UK and Europe with his band The Crave, has written in Nashville with new band Ryan Burnett & The Vanguards, has signed with Metropolis Studios, and recently spent six months filming as the face of the hugely popular new video game ‘Guitar Hero Live’.

Debbie Knox-Hewson

After completing a Drums Diploma at BIMM London, Debbie Knox-Hewson then embarked on a degree course at BIMM Brighton and has recently been touring the world as part of pop star Charli XCX’s all-female backing band. She’s played festivals including Spain’s Benicassim, Finland’s Flow Festival, and Glastonbury, T in the Park and Standon Calling in the UK. She’s also made live TV appearances on The Today Show and Late Night with Seth Meyers in the US, and on Alan Carr’s Chatty Man and The Graham Norton Show in the UK.

Shannon Saunders

BIMM Bristol Songwriting Diploma graduate, Shannon Saunders, sang the theme tune to the Disney movie ’Tangled’ after winning Disney’s Camp Rock talent contest. She’s since recorded at Abbey Road studios, collaborated with top London producer Wilkinson, had her single ‘Electric’ chosen as ‘Record of the Week’ by BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Sarah-Jane Crawford, and released an EP called ‘Instar’ on iTunes and Spotify.

Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson studied a Professional Diploma in Music Performance (Drums) at BIMM Brighton, and at the age of only 17 got his big break with Two Door Cinema Club. Ben is their touring and recording drummer, and has played with them at major festivals including Reading and Leeds, Glastonbury, V, T in the Park, Bestival, Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Coachella (USA), Summersonic (Japan) and many more.

So, to turn your passion for music into a career, contact our Admissions Team for more information on 0844 2 646 666, email or apply directly. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to see for yourself what life as a BIMM student is really like, then book now to attend one of our Open Days.

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POSTED ON: January 14, 2016
  • Brighton, Global, London, Manchester