I started learning saxophone in year 7 outside of lessons, and was also given the opportunity to learn violin through MiSST. I remember both instruments requiring such different skills that the real difficulty was switching between the two without slowing down my progress on either. However, being exposed to so much music so early on meant that I was able to develop my reading and understanding of music right from the start. When I was in Year 9, I was invited to join MiSST’s Saturday School (now MMA). There have been so many highlights over the last five years, but particular standout moments include the 2022 Radley residential, being a part of the concert band at MMA, and of course conducting Gabriel’s Oboe at MiSST’s 10th Anniversary Concert. I have always loved being a part of MiSST and MMA in particular; meeting new people, making new friends and being able to develop these relationships through music has moulded me into a more confident, more understanding person.
I don’t take the wonderful opportunities I’ve been offered for granted. Music will definitely continue to play a significant role in my life. I’m hoping to study mathematics and statistics at Manchester University in September, and even though it means I’ll be following a different academic path, I intend to remain actively involved in music. I plan on joining as many music groups and ensembles as possible, and am particularly keen to continue conducting.