13 year old Mia from Hackney will be graduating in July 2019 and has had a wonderful four years as a London Music Fund Scholar. She has worked incredibly hard in her flute studies and is currently playing at Grade 6 level, specialising in jazz. She recently passed her Grade 5 jazz flute exam and has joined Hackney Creative Jazz Ensemble where she has already musical directed songs at performances.
Mia’s flute teacher told us “Mia has had a fantastic term’s work on flute. She is developing into a flautist/musician of the highest standard. Mia practices on a regular basis which is most apparent and her attendance and punctuality (usually early for lessons!) is outstanding. I don’t think I have taught a better student as she picks up quite challenging and intricate melodies and patterns with much ease and fluency.”
We are incredibly proud of all that Mia has achieved, as is her Music Service Mentor, Xanthe Sarr, who nominated her to be one of our Scholars of the Month. Xanthe told us: “Mia really is an incredible young lady, we are all so proud of her and feel very excited about what the next year will bring!”
Mia at the Hackney Gala in 2018
Why did you decide to play the flute?
I decided to start playing flute because the instrument I wanted to learn was too oversubscribed and my mum said I should try flute.
Has your music taken you to some cool places? Is so, where?
My music has taken me to some pretty cool places, including the Barbican, the Vortex and the Southbank Centre. I also get to go to the round chapel every summer for the festival, and the Hackney Empire around November for the Gala.
Who inspires you to play music?
I look up to my old and new flute teachers. My first one is special because she dedicates her time to the music service, and she was the one who recommended me to be a scholar, and the second one is special because he still follows his dream and travels around the globe as well has teaching.
If you could perform alongside someone famous who would it be?
I would like to play alongside Yolanda Brown, because she plays sax and she took my picture with me when I got my scholarship in year 5, and It would be a dream to play with Herbie Hancock – ‘Chameleon’ is the greatest song of all time.
Mia with Yolanda Brown at her Awards Day in 2015
Has the Scholarship enabled you to have new opportunities?
I have had so many opportunities through the scholarship. I have free music lessons and I do a lot of after school activities too.
What advice would you give Scholars who are starting a Scholarship this year?
To any new Scholars, I would say, stay with music, explore different musicians and get as involved as you can.
Thanks to Mia for this wonderful Q&A! We can’t wait to see what she does after graduating in July and are sure she will go on to do very exciting things with her music.