Life beyond Radford

Last updated 13.02.2018

Callum Henshaw

Class of 2008
Lives Canberra, Australia
Attendance at radford Years 7-12
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What does life look for you now?

I am in the final year of my doctorate in music at the ANU School of Music, studying classical guitar. I regularly travel to Europe to play in classical music festivals and guitar competitions. Later in the year, I will release my second album and, on the strength of winning the Melbourne International Guitar Competition, will have 14-concert Australia-wide album launch tour.

What is your favourite Radford moment?

By far the most long-lasting experience I had during my time at Radford was the opportunity to go on exchange to Hamburg, Germany. That one experience changed the course of my life, providing me with a second language, a life-long friend and second family, and ties to the current cultural hub for classical guitar.

Do you have a particular role model or inspirational figure from Radford or now?

As I move through life, I realise that my role models have always been outstanding educators. At Radford my German teacher, Paul Willetts taught me more than just language, but also about motivation to learn and critical analysis. Kate Wales, one of my English teachers, made me realise that sometimes the subject matter is almost inconsequential if the teaching is outstanding! These two gave me the confidence to chase my current mentor and friend, Tim Kain.

How easy was it to decide what to do in life?

Not easy … Music was always something I had pursued as an extracurricular activity and had not entertained the prospect of pursuing it as my main focus. With the encouragement of my guitar teacher, I auditioned for the ANU. It wasn't until I was mid-way through my second year of university that I realised it was a possibility.

Did your further study or career go exactly as you'd planned?

Ask me again in 10 years … But right now, I'm happy with where I am.

What do you know now, that you wish you'd known when you were at Radford?

I wish I had known that being organised was not only easy, but reduces my stress and anxiety.

What advice do you have for current students?

If you get the opportunity to go on a school exchange - go! The maturity, skills, language and connections you can make are invaluable.

Anything else that you would like to share?

Visit Callum's website at: and purchase/download his new CD.

Where are you now?