Christiana from Croydon Music & Arts is our June Scholar of the Month

Christiana is in the first year of her Scholarship and has already made excellent progress on the clarinet, recently achieving a distinction for Grade 3 – well done Christiana!

Christiana’s teacher told us she is a superb student with a natural flare for music and a fantastic attitude to learning. She learnt her scales and pieces for Grade 3 very quickly, a credit to her regular and thorough practice. She enjoys playing in the CMA Concert Band and is also a diligent member of the Chamber Choir.

Last month, Christiana gave a speech at our Fundraising Lunch with the Mayor of London. She spoke beautifully about her passion for music and what her Scholarship means to her. Everyone in attendance was hugely impressed by Christiana, including her own idol, London Music Fund ambassador YolanDa Brown! You can read Christiana’s speech here.

Christiana with LMF ambassador YolanDa Brown at the Mayor's Lunch

Read our Q&A with Christiana below:

Why did you decide to play the clarinet?

I chose the clarinet because it could go to very high notes like my voice. I also liked the way that people would play it and it sounded so sweet and calm but also fun. The clarinet wasn't loud like the brass so that’s why I chose it. In school I used to sit down and listen to the big band play their different instruments. I actually took part in big band and I decided to play the trumpet to see if it was better but I was wrong, it was so hard to get the notes out so I decided clarinet it is.

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

My music has taken me to many places, for example recently I met the Mayor of London at The May Fair hotel, it was amazing and stunning. I also attend Playing Days which are really fun like the Guildhall School of Music.

What music do you like playing the most?

I am the type of a person who likes playing slow music but also upbeat music, for example I like playing “Georgie” which is a slow song. I also try to play everyday music.

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

I would play with Julian Bliss because at my age he was amazing and he also started playing the clarinet at the age of four, YolanDa Brown because I liked the way she mixed reggae and made it posh making it her own style, Michael Collins because I went to his Beethoven concert and he played beautifully, and Emma Johnson is the composer of “Georgie” my ultimate favourite piece. I have heard a recording of it and it is so calm and gentle.

Has the Scholarship enabled you to have new opportunities?

The scholarship has given me the opportunity to carry on with my Saturday lesson and my Thursday lesson in school. Also the scholarship allows me to come to spectacular Playing Days.

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

My advice would be to carry on doing what you do best, never give up on your dreams. Always keep going because later in the future you will be thankful you did. Enjoy every opportunity you have and make the best of it. The scholarship is there to help you. Believe in yourself!!