Adrianna from Lambeth Music Service is our April Scholar of the Month

11 year old Adrianna from Lambeth is a talented violinist who enjoys performing. Recently Adrianna's violin teacher told us that "Adrianna keeps making an outstanding progress for her age. She is a natural performer, whose skill and confidence make her rise above the expectations". In November 2017 Adrianna performed on Remembrance Day at the Imperial War Museum and stunned the audience with her beautiful performance.

Adrianna's mother told us: "I am really grateful to the Scholarship for enabling her to have lessons with a great teacher/supporter and to give her wonderful opportunities which have enabled her to grow in confidence as a violinist".

Read our Q&A with Adrianna below...

Why did you decide to play the violin?

In 2013, I went to see Wallace & Gromit's Musical Marvels featuring the Aurora Orchestra at the Hammersmith Apollo. I was drawn to the violin since then.

Has your music taken you to some cool places? If so, where?

Well the coolest thing that's happened to me was being on TV.  Last November, I played Bach’s Sarabande as part of the Remembrance Ceremonies at the Imperial War Museum and ended up being interviewed on ITV news! It was really cool to see myself on TV.

What music do you like playing the most?

I don’t think I have a favourite. Any sort of music suits the violin and that’s why I love it so much. But if I had to choose, it would be classical music.

If you could perform alongside someone famous who would it be? Or what musician do you look up to?

I know his instrument is the cello, but I'm really inspired by Sheku Kanneh-Mason. And although I wouldn't be able to perform with him because he's no longer alive, Yehudi Menuhin was an awesome musician and person. 

Has the Scholarship enabled you to have new opportunities?

I've been really fortunate to have the Scholarship and a great teacher. I don't think I would be preparing for my ABRSM Grade 7 now without either. Jose has always encouraged me to perform and my first performance was at the Herne Hill Music festival a few years ago. It was nerve-wracking but I really enjoyed it. I'm in the Lambeth Youth Orchestra and we perform at venues like the Southbank throughout the year. I've even been able to sing Eleanor Rigby accompanied by the LYO. 

What advice would you give scholars who have just started their scholarship?

I would say you have to embrace every opportunity you get because the scholarship is life-changing and you mustn’t waste it. And the most important thing is to practise!


You can watch Adrianna's performance at the Imperial War Museum here: