11 year old Andrew from Haringey started his Scholarship in September 2018 and has had an excellent first year. He recently took his Grade 1 trumpet exam and achieved a Merit which is a great achievement. Andrew works very hard in his lessons and always volunteers to improvise in concerts. He has taken part in some exciting performances this year including our Playing Day with Julian Bliss, Gala at the Royal Academy of Music and a public performance at Alexandra Palace. Andrew's parents are very proud of his hard work on the trumpet, as are we!
Andrew's Music Service Mentor told us: "Andrew is a lovely student and turns up regularly to the ensemble classes and his lessons. His confidence is increasing all the time and we have high hopes for him in the future."
Keep up the brilliant work Andrew!
Andrew with his trumpet
We asked Andrew a few questions... read his answers below!
Why did you decide to play the trumpet?
Well, at first I didn't decide to play the trumpet. I actually wanted to play the clarinet but now I am very glad about how it turned out.
Has your music taken you to some cool places? If so, where?
Yes, music has taken me to some cool places such as The Royal Academy of Music, The Guildhall School of Music and I even got to watch Britain's Got Talent!
What music do you like playing the most?
I mostly play jazz but I sometimes try to play my favourite pop songs in my spare time.
If you could perform alongside someone famous who would it be? Or what musician do you look up to?
I would love to go back in time and play with Duke Ellington. I also look up to my father who plays the piano.
Has the Scholarship enabled you to have new opportunities?
The scholarship has given me amazing opportunities to go to cool places and I have met some very important people.
What advice would you give Scholars who will be starting their Scholarship in September?
Keep practising no matter how tough it gets and keep trying because it is all going to pay off.