11 year old Maria from Bexley has just completed the first year of her Scholarship and has already made fantastic progress. She passed her Grade 2 flute exam in December 2017 and will be taking her Grade 3 exam in December 2018. Maria's flute teacher told us that she is always happy to take on a challenge and plays the high notes that she has learnt fluently. Earlier this year Maria played her flute for the school talent show and was chosen to represent the school in the academy trust joint talent show. We are very proud of how far Maria has come in such a short space of time and think her Q&A will be inspirational for the children about to start their London Music Fund Scholarships this year.
Maria's parents told us: "Thanks to her Scholarship Maria visits Bird College every Tuesday where she has made some new friends and increased her confidence in the playing the flute. We are very happy with the progress Maria has made"
Maria at our Scholars' Awards Day in September 2017
Read our Q&A with Maria below...
Why did you decide to play the flute?
When I was 8 years old, I really wanted to play an instrument. I asked my mum if I could try playing an instrument when there was a letter given at school. My mum then asked me what instrument I wanted to play and I said a violin. She said she doesn’t like the violin so I asked for a trumpet and she said it would be too loud. A moment later I asked for the drums and she said no way! Only the flute was left and finally my mum said yes because it was a calm and nice instrument.
Has your music taken you to some cool places? If so, where?
Yes it has. I went to see the Royal Parade on the 31st of May 2018. There were drummers, trumpets and lots of other different instruments. The people were wearing very nice clothes and some of them were even wearing tiger skins on their back.
My school has chosen me to go to TKATs got talent and play there. I also played to teachers and for my class.
I had an opportunity to play at Kings Palace on the 10th of June.
29th March I played with Bird College orchestra at Royal Festival Hall.
On 9th December 2017 I performed Christmas songs with an orchestra at Eltham station to raise money for charity and we raised £395.95.
What music do you like playing the most?
I like playing classical music but I still enjoy playing jazz.
Has your Scholarship enabled you to have new opportunities?
Yes, because I had lots of opportunities to go to places I have never been before and play there.
What advice would you give to Scholars that are just starting?
Just enjoy yourself and have fun playing your instrument and to get high results you will need to like music and practise a lot.
Maria at our Playing Day in June 2018