FUTURE virtuosos and rock musicians from Harrow and Brent have been awarded scholarships by the Mayor of London.
Six promising students visited City Hall to benefit from the first round of funding from the Mayor’s Fund for Young Musicians, which was set up last year.
The Harrow pupils were Ethan Roberts, eight, from Pinner Park Junior School, who was given a scholarship to learn the drums, Sabrina Mbelizi, 10, from Cannon Lane Junior in Pinner, for the violin, Geeya Patel and Dean Ridley, both 10 and from Heathland School in South Harrow, for the bassoon and trumpet respectively.
The two Brent students were 11-year-old Natalie Gamage, from Wykeham Primary, who plays the violin, and clarinet player Yasmin Adewusi, 11, from Mount Stuart Junior.
The musicians will get four hours of weekly tuition in addition to curriculum lessons, a mentor and be given opportunities to perform in concerts and join ensembles and access to tickets for popular concerts.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who is MFYM’s Founder Patron, said: “We know that learning a musical instrument can have a powerful impact on a child’s life, helping in their social, emotional and academic development.
“Sadly, too many families in London cannot afford to pay for music lessons, even for very talented children. By investing in these scholarships and partnerships programmes, the fund will be enriching the lives of thousands of children and also make sure London remains the top city in the world for all kinds of music. I wish these talented young people every success.”
The event, on Friday, January 27, was attended by pupils aged seven to 11 and double MoBO winner and Me rcury Award nominee Soweto Kinch, Oscar winner Rachel Portman OBE and bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE.
Double MOBO winner YolanDa Brown and the Mayor’s advisor on culture and youth Munira Mirza also spoke at the event.