Where are they now?
With the Foundations 20th anniversary approaching in 2017, it’s great to look back and see what our beneficiaries have achieved over the years since they received their grants.
Matthew Crisp first received funding for his new instrument back in 2009 when he was 13 years old, now 7 years later he has been in contact to let us know what he has been up to since:
‘I received two grants from EMI MSF back in 2009 and 2010 towards a new violin and a new bow, which allowed me to progress faster and with more enjoyment in my violin studies. In September 2015 I began studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and I’m now beginning my second year there. It’s an absolutely wonderful place offering extensive opportunities and experiences that I’ve been able to make the most of as well as having a supportive and encouraging atmosphere and collaborative relationship between all students and staff across year groups and faculties. In February, this aspect of life at Trinity Laban is celebrated in the CoLab festival that sees two weeks of collaborative projects while all lessons stop. Last year I took part in a project that created a staged performance Darius Milhaud’s La Création du Monde.
Last year I took part in lots of outreach work that focused on engaging new audiences and improving lives in the community. Two learning and participation placements with Trinity Laban have enabled me to learn about music in the community under the guidance of Natasha Lohan with The Arts Befriending Club (a singing and social group for the over 60s) and work with year 5 pupils at Wingfield Primary School as part of a placement with Greenwich Music Hub. It has been fascinating to observe professionals in these environments and to develop my own technique alongside them. I also played in a very exciting project called Rite up Close by Five Senses Music, directed by Tom Seligman which brought Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring to an audience of all ages with a participatory introduction followed by inviting audience members to sit amongst the orchestra during the performance. In the future I’m hoping to be able to make this kind of work a big part of my life. I find that being able to bring music to new audiences and to inspire the next generation is the most rewarding kind of music making.
This year I’m so looking forward to being able to get more experience in outreach work with Animate Orchestra and Junior Trinity String Time as well as more performance opportunities, competitions and masterclasses. So thank you to EMI MSF for supporting me all those years ago! Without your work and funding I wouldn’t have been able to be where I am now.’
If you have received funding from the Foundation, we would love to hear what you are up to now!
Matthew at 13 years old performing with his new instrument
Matthew performing in 2016 at the Music at Beaulieu Competition in which he won first prize