My musical journey began in Year 7 when I was introduced to the viola at school, and once I realised it wasn’t just a big violin, I quickly became fascinated by its deep and mellow sound. At first, I just wanted to be able to play recognisable tunes like ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and the Avengers theme. But after taking part in class performances, MiSST Together days, and finally the Radley residential at the end of the year, I understood what MiSST was truly all about – the togetherness, friendship, collaboration, and passion for music.
I have so many fond memories of my time with MiSST, it’s hard to pick just a few! Radley residentials have always been so much fun, and looking back I can attribute my growth in self-confidence to my experiences there. Most of my favourite memories involve playing in an orchestra and having the chance to travel to new places to come together and play music.
It has been extremely rewarding to take on a leadership role as part of the MiSST Leaders Orchestra (MiLO) in the last year, and to recognise the importance of our duty as student leaders to be a positive role model and encourage the younger players. I remember the older musicians that helped me along my journey, so to give something back and help the next generation is a beautiful thing to be a part of.
I already know that music will always be a part of my life. Without MiSST, I wouldn’t have been able to learn viola and have the opportunities I’ve been given. With the background that I come from, it just wasn’t and couldn’t have been accessible. Playing the viola has inspired me to create music of my own and discover new realms of music I never knew existed. It has also encouraged me to be more creative as a person.
My experiences with MiSST have not only shaped my musical abilities, but have also nurtured my confidence, creativity, and leadership skills. I wouldn’t be where I am today were it not for MiSST, so I am forever grateful.