Tell us about your instrument; what do you like about it?
The instrument that I'm learning to play at the Music Centre is French Horn. I was inspired to take it up after hearing the Horn Solo from Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony - the powerful yet elegant sound flowing over the grand orchestra was mesmerising. What I particularly like about the French Horn is that it can create a varied array of sounds that has no limits. From soft and quiet to loud and brassy - the horn can do it all!
Tell us about your lessons at the Music Centre; what do you do on a normal afternoon at the Music Centre?
A normal day at the Music Centre consists of choir, ensemble and individual instrumental lessons, all of which extend your musical abilities in the best way. The teachers make sure that the lessons aren't dull or repetitive. In choir we sometimes play rhythm games or musical statues and occasionally we even swap places with the teacher to show how we think the choir piece should be sung!
What have you learned most recently on your instrument at the Music Centre?
On the horn, I have learned how to create a consistent sound and how to play with emotion and not just replicate the notes from the note sheet. I have also done improvisations and even attempted at writing my own pieces with my amazing teacher, who has helped me reach the results which are disparate to where I first started.
What has been the best thing about being part of Music Education Islington’s Music Centre so far?
I like the sense of belonging and accomplishment that you get from being part of the Music Centre family. Everyone here is friendly and kind. Whenever you finish a piece, you feel extremely good about learning something new - it's like climbing a mountain and getting to the very top!
What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining the Music Centres? Why should they come along?
I would say to them - if you love music, you should definitely try joining a Music Centre, no matter what your current ability is. Here you will meet lots of like-minded people and you will learn the skills that will change your life.