Faris started his Scholarship in 2017 and has been making brilliant progress ever since. He is currently working at Grade 3 level and has been embracing the challenge of learning harder pieces. His teacher told us that he has natural musical skills and that Faris is always keen to improve in all aspects of musical development.
We are delighted to hear that as well as progressing musically Faris's confidence is also increasing due to his Scholarship. Faris's clarinet teacher told us: "I have been teaching Faris for several years now, and I am impressed by his continued development as a clarinet player. Faris attends lessons punctually, arriving with a neat folder of music, and always having practised, he is a credit to himself."
It is clear that Faris is working incredibly hard on his clarinet studies and we are very proud to call him a London Music Fund Scholar!
Faris at our 2017 Awards Day
Read our Q&A with Faris below...
Why did you decide to play the clarinet?
I decided to play the clarinet as it looked like a complex instrument and I thought it would be really cool if I could master it.
Has your music taken you to some cool places? Is so, where?
I have performed with the Tri-borough where I played with the Junior String and Wind Band ensemble at St Clement Danes Church. I performed Mamma Mia! with the orchestra and the audience thoroughly enjoyed it; it is always fun to play in a band. I also had the amazing opportunity to attend the Classic Brits and the London Saxophone Festival where I watched Bob Reynolds and Casey Benjamin at Cadogan Hall. I attended the London Handel Festival and Music for Kings at Hanover Square which has inspired me to play the Clarinet to as good a level as the performers; I would love to play the bass clarinet or saxophone when I’m older having watched other talented instrumentalists.
What music do you like playing the most?
I would like to play more jazz music as it is relaxing.
If you could perform alongside someone famous who would it be?
Mozart probably; he was so incredibly talented from a young age. I love to play his Allegro in Bb major.
Has the Scholarship enabled you to have new opportunities?
I have progressed well and am thrilled to be able to play in a band with other talented musicians. I had never played in a band before I was awarded the scholarship, so am very grateful for the opportunities that have been open to me.
What advice would you give Scholars who are starting a Scholarship this year?
Don’t feel nervous if you struggle at first to master a piece. Eventually you will master it as long as you practise and persevere, and music will be fun!
Faris at our 2017 Awards Day with our Ambassador, Rachel Portman OBE