11 year old Ryan from Enfield is an enthusiastic and hardworking violinist. Before starting his Scholarship Ryan’s headteacher told us that “He is a very well-mannered child who works extremely hard and achieves well. He has a positive attitude towards learning and his attendance is excellent.” As a London Music Fund Scholar Ryan has taken part in multiple musical workshops which he says has improved his confidence, his playing skills and helped him to make new friends. Recently Ryan passed his Grade 3 violin exam which is a fantastic achievement!
Ryan’s mother told us: “I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all the people, especially his teacher Julie that gave Ryan the Scholarship and a chance to follow one of his dreams. Playing the violin has improved Ryan's self-esteem and he is very proud when he talks about how he is able to help other children understand and play the music.”
Read our Q&A with Ryan below...
Why did you decide to play the drums?
I decided to play the Violin when Enfield Music Service gave some flyers to my school. I had the chance to try some instruments however when I tried the violin I was inspired immediately.
Has your music taken you to some cool places? If so, where?
In Spring, I was invited to go in a workshop in the Royal Festival Hall! In this workshop I had a chance to meet other scholars. We socialized, had fun and most of all we played as a group.
What music do you like playing the most?
I like playing classical music that were made by composers such as Ludwig Van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Nicćolò Paganini.
If you could perform alongside someone famous who would it be? Or what musician do you look up to?
I would like to play alongside Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig Van Beethoven or Nicćolò Paganini but sadly they have passed away a long time ago. I look up to them as the ‘Greatest Musicians Of All Time’.
Has the Scholarship enabled you to have new opportunities?
Yes, opportunities such as more lessons, workshops and I also go in weekly band practice and we perform at the end of each term. This has made me more confident in playing the violin.
What advice would you give scholars who have just started their scholarship?
Having a Scholarship will enable you to make great music with other musicians and get invited to amazing concerts and workshops that some other musicians cannot go to. Having a Scholarship is a great opportunity for yourself to follow your dreams in music.