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“Music is everything”

As part of a series of blogs and interviews about young musicians that NYAT supports alongside partner ABRSM, we asked Shania, a talented oboist about what music means to her

To help inspire other young musicians, we are sharing a short series of blogs and interviews with young musicians in partnership with ABRSM. Shania is a talented oboist, who trains with the Hackney Music Service. Shania is passionate about her music making, and in her interview we learn about what music inspires her, what keeps her playing and her advice to other young musicians.

Watch Shania’s full interview here or watch these shorter clips:

Music teacher that inspires you?

How has the bursary helped you?

What keeps you playing?

Top tips for musicians?

What does music mean to you?

Why music?

I’ve been playing since I was seven and I think my life would be so different without it [music]. I don’t think I could really stop playing because it’s literally like embedded in my identity and it’s part of who I am

The typical cost of a 1hr music lesson in the UK is between £28 to £40. When you include travel, ensemble membership and instrument hire, the cost of studying a musical instrument is often out of reach for so many young people. Alongside ABRSM, we want to increase access to music study to those from low income backgrounds, so no talented young person is left behind.

Can you help? Your donations help ensure that Shania and other young musicians are not stopped from fulfilling their potential due to lack of funding.

Without the music fund I wouldn’t have been able to continue my lessons and that was a worry for me

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Photo & film by Claudia Lee at ABRSM

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