Gracie from Havering Music School is our February Scholar of the Month

Gracie from Havering only started her Scholarship in September 2018 but has thrown herself straight into her violin lessons. She is progressing well and thoroughly enjoying working with her teacher who encourages her in all her musical activities.

Gracie was nominated by her Head Teacher who told us that “Gracie always shows enthusiasm for class music and is an active participant. She is an independent, conscientious learner, with genuine potential to shine as a musician and as a mentor for younger learners”. We agree with Gracie's Head Teacher and think she is doing brilliantly. Keep up the good work Gracie, we can't wait to see how you develop as a violinist over the next four years!

Read our Q&A with Gracie below...

Why did you decide to play the violin?

I wanted to play violin because I was on crutches and my friend and I were sitting in the school office, as I wasn’t allowed in the playground at lunchtime. We saw the music leaflet, my friend played the violin so I went home and asked my mum if I could join Havering Music School, to play the violin, my mum was overjoyed, but my dad and my brothers were like nooo!

Has your music taken you to some cool places? Is so, were?

My music has taken me to really cool places, one time it took me to Strictly Come Dancing and we played a tango song. Which is called Tango.

Who inspires you to play music?

I love my teacher Ms Tweddle, she is so encouraging and enthusiastic about music.

If you could perform alongside someone famous who would it be?

If I could perform with someone famous, it would be Vanessa Mae, the British violinist, I look up to her because I hope some day I could play as good as her.

Has the Scholarship enabled you to have new opportunities?

My Scholarship has given me some very exciting opportunities. My favourite so far was Mozart’s Requiem at Kings Place. I am looking forward to watching Bach’s St Mathews Passion at Southwark Cathedral on the 30th March.

What advice would you give Scholars who are starting a Scholarship this year?

Hi to everyone who has a new Scholarship, the advice I would give you is don’t be worried and make every moment count and have fun.