Read our Q & A with graduate Scholar, Rebecca

Rebecca graduated from her Scholarship in 2016, and still plays in important role as one of our alumni.  Earlier this year, she kindly came back to showcase how far she has come since the beginning of her Scholarship by performing in front of the Mayor of London and special guests at our Celebratory Lunch at May Fair Hotel. Rebecca has had a fantastic year, performing at St John Smith’s Square, the Royal Albert Hall and Westminster Cathedral. She is currently preparing for her Grade 8 in both trumpet and piano and has been awarded a place at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama from September. Many congratulations to Rebecca for all her hard work this year.

Why did you decide to play the trumpet?

A family friend, a couple of years older than me, played the trumpet and I thought it looked very cool. I couldn’t wait to try it myself but I was still in the Infants School at that point so I had to wait until I joined the juniors in Year 3. Once at my new school I started lessons with Roger Willey and things progressed from there.

Has your trumpet taken you to some exciting places?

I’ve been fortunate to have played in a few places but the most significant ones are the Royal Albert Hall, St. John Smith’s Square and Westminster Cathedral. I also played with the Royal Grenadier Guards when they performed with Sutton Youth Wind Orchestra (SYWO) last year. In July I’ll be playing with SYWO at the Royal Festival Hall.

What music do you like playing the most?

I like to play a variety of music from classical pieces and jazz to medleys of popular tunes. I enjoy the challenge of tackling more complex pieces which help me to discover different techniques and ways of playing.

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

Simon Gardner, who I met at a Brass and Percussion week at the Guildhall last summer. It was inspiring to meet such an experienced and proficient trumpet player.  It was fascinating to hear his stories and inspiring to see what level of musicianship can be achieved.

Has the MMF Scholarship enabled you to have new opportunities?

I first found out about the Guildhall School of Music and Drama through a free brass day publicised by the London Music Fund. Without this opportunity I doubt I would have a place to study at the Guildhall next year.

What advice would you give Scholars who have just started their Scholarship?

My advice to Scholars would be to take advantage of every opportunity offered to you – you never know where they might lead – and enjoy every experience.