Our #alnsAlumni – Billy Gregory

Billy Gregory – ALNS Leaver 2010

I attended Admiral Lord Nelson School and stand out memories include:

Performing at Awards Evening, playing acoustically on my own, my own material. I was nervous but it went down really, really well.

Guitar lessons with Mr Green. This was an opportunity to immerse myself in something I was passionate about.

Year 8 Camp. I loved it when I went in Year 8 and was so pleased to support and help again as an older student.

Visiting Poland in Year 10 with the Humanities Department.

My favourite lessons?
Science in Years 10 and 11. I had the joy of Mr Doherty as my teacher.
Music, obviously! Being given the free-rein to do what we wanted as musicians, this creative freedom helped get me to what I’m doing now.

Life beyond ALNS:
At college I studied Biology, Music Technology, PE and Chemistry. I then took a foundation degree in Biological Science at University before studying Music and Songwriting. I am now pursuing a career in Music. I front the band ‘Crystal Tides’, allowing me to live my dream of songwriting and performing original music around the country. Venues I have performed at include:

Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
Portsmouth Guildhall Studio
Camden Assembly, London
Heartbreakers, Southampton
AKA, Banbury
O2 Academy, London and Newcastle and Birmingham
Audio, Glasgow.

Advice for ALNS students?
Do something you enjoy, not something purely for earning lots of money; don’t do it for the sake of doing it. And finally, don’t give up.