June Scholar of the Month
Rebecca from Sutton Music Service is our June Scholar of the Month
Rebecca is in year 10 and graduated from her scholarship in 2016 but still plays an important part at Mayor’s Music Fund. Last month Rebecca kindly came back to showcase how far she has come since the beginning of her scholarship (2012) 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 just got in to Guildhall School of Music and Drama! Many congratulations to Rebecca for all her hardwork this year.
Q&A for Rebecca
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 cool places? If so, where?
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 Mayor’s 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.