“It seemed an impossible situation”
Ruby started the cello to help with her dyspraxia, and with support from NYAT has gone on to get a main part in a new musical at the Wales Millennium Centre.
Ruby started her musical journey when Ruby’s mum enrolled her at a mini music class to help with her dyspraxia. Ruby, 12, picked up a cello and with the help of a teacher, managed to get a basic sound of out it, and was hooked from then on!
Ruby says “I love to play with other musicians and make new friends. I like to learn new skills every week. I enjoy being around people who love music as much as me. I am studying grade 3 cello this year and learning new scales and pieces.”
Ruby’s mum was unable to afford the fees for her cello tuition, so she applied for an NYAT music bursary.
“Quality tuition is very expensive and difficult to find. Classical music training and performance is often regarded as elitist and unnecessary. It seemed an impossible situation. The fact that NYAT considered funding applications three times a year was a lifeline to us. Ruby and I are extremely grateful to NYAT. Thank you.”
The bursary gave her a renewed confidence in pursing her music, and she went to an open audition for a new musical produced by the Wales Millennium Centre and Cape Town Opera and got one of the main parts!
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