Good morning all. I hope you’ve had a pleasant journey here. My name is Zainab Imran and I am eleven years old. I live in Waltham Forest with my mum, dad, grandma, sister and two brothers. I am the youngest of the lot, but I also have a cat called Fluffy.

Here’s a little information about me. I’m a hard-working student who is always up for a challenge. I can be shy as a mouse, but also as bold as a lion at time. I am a loyal friend and someone to talk to if you’re in a situation.

Before I continue, there’s something you must know. On 23 October 2017 I had a road traffic accident. I needed to have three major surgeries and stayed in hospital for six weeks. I felt really down some days and didn’t feel like doing anything else. But music helped me to see the bigger picture.

I play the flute. I have played for approximately three years. One of the reasons why I love it is because it sounds just like a bird: high pitched and calm. When I was seven years old, I started playing the fife (the smaller version of the flute.) In this same year, I remember a lady from the London Music Fund come in with a silver flute. I remember all my classmates discussing what they would do if they had one. But here I am, just three years later, already doing so.

Anyway, the year after, I started playing the flute, but this is also the year of my accident. My music teacher was so impressed with how quickly I managed to catch up and how determined I was to erase this ordeal from my life, he applied for a Scholarship for me.

I got my Scholarship at the beginning of the last academic year. I was in the middle of a lesson when my music teacher calmly walked into the classroom. However, you couldn’t tell anything from his face because it gave nothing away. So when he told me I got the Scholarship you can imagine how shocked I was! I t was honestly one of the most amazing moments of my life, and those who know me will know that never happens. Before I came back to school from hospital I was a nobody. I was only a person in my best friend’s eyes. But when I got my scholarship all of that changed.

My friend Khadijah was also awarded a music scholarship this year. What you may not know is that she got that scholarship after coming to my one-t-one lessons. I feel proud when I think about that because I know that I’ve been a super supportive friend and because of me I am sure she will go on to do great things.

With my Scholarship- amongst many other privileges- I have been to some far out places. I have played concerts at my own school (Willow Brook) as well as neighbouring schools (such as Riverly.) I have also played at concerts outside of my comfort zone, like public and private concerts. However, none of this would have been possible without the amazing music service and, of course the incredible Sadiq Khan. So for that I salute to you.

My music teachers at Mr Pinninger and Mr Morris. Mr Pinniger is my main music teacher, who, at the moment, is teaching us how to play the piano. Mr Morris, my flute teacher, is currently teaching me how to play Mozart’s 40th symphony. He’s absolutely amazing and, of course, Mr Pinniger is too!

I love classical music because it can help you relax as well as concentrate and pop music because it can help you loosen up and unwind. The most inspirational musician that comes to mind is Marie Anna Mozart because she was a fantastic piano player who toured the world in her youth and could have gone on to do great things if her father hadn’t told her she had to get married!

I know my awesome family feel really proud of me because none of them play an instrument and I’ve done all this without their help and I don’t think any of them have had the opportunities that I’ve had. I think it’s helped them to know that I’m getting somewhere, I’m achieving something, not just sitting at home playing video games.

I hope to become an inspirational musician in the future. To let people know that with hard work and determination you can achieve all your dreams. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

Thank you.