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Spotlight: Brittany L.
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Posted by Da Capo Academy, 1 year ago
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Spotlight: Brittany L.

Accolades:

  • 2018: DCA Award (3rd Place)
  • 2018: Woodwind, 16 to 18 years (Prize | 2nd Place)
    Colchester Rotary Festival of Music and Dance
  • 2018: Woodwind, Duet, Any age (Prize | 3rd Place)
    Colchester Rotary Festival of Music and Dance
  • 2017: DCA Award (Prize | 1st Place)
  • 2017: Woodwind, 16 to 18 years (Prize | 1st Place)
    Colchester Rotary Festival of Music and Dance
  • 2017: Woodwind, Duet, Any age (Prize | 1st Place)
    Colchester Rotary Festival of Music and Dance
  • 2016: DCA Award (2nd place)
  • 2016: Grade 5 Clarinet (Merit)
  • 2016: Grade 5 Theory (Merit) 
  • 2015: DCA Award (Prize | 1st Place)
  • 2013: Grade 4 Clarinet (Merit)

 

Q: What inspired you to start learning your instrument?

A: I was inspired by another girl a few years older than me at primary school when I was five or six, she also played the clarinet and I wanted to be able to get up in front of everyone and play music just like she did at the school music concerts. I've always loved music and being able to play something people enjoy listening to is the biggest incentive to learn how to play.

Q: What do you enjoy most about playing your instrument?

A: Being able to understand how music works, how it can be performed to others and developing how to create an atmosphere with your knowledge are all reasons why I enjoy playing and continue to learn new pieces and perform to audiences. I also enjoy being able to take part in my Jazz band and getting the opportunity to attend workshops and other unique opportunities.

Q: What advice would you give to someone performing for the first time?

A: You improve, and you don't realise just how much you do until you look back on how you played in the past. It's about performing as many times in front of an audience until you realise that they don't care if you make mistakes, they're just there to support you. You just have to get up on that stage and perform, and once the first performance is out of the way, they only get easier.

Q: What are your musical aspirations?

A: My musical aspirations are to continue to build up my ability in all styles of music, continuing to perform by myself and with others to improve my confidence and my ability to work with others to create a single piece. I aspire to continue playing throughout my further education at university and be able to use it as a way to connect with others or to relax.

 

When she is not practising the clarinet, Brittany enjoys reading, swimming, teaching children swimming techniques as well as sketching and painting.

 

Listen below to hear Brittany's progress!

 

 

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Da Capo Academy is an independent music tuition service, founded in 2010 by Samantha and Dylan Christopher, graduates of Colchester Institute: Centre for Music and Performing Arts (CMPA).  Lessons are taught from Samantha and Dylan's residence in Colchester with a comprehensive method constantly revised to meet the needs of thier students and current standards.

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