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Spotlight: Ella M.
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Posted by Da Capo Academy, 2 years ago
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Spotlight: Ella M.

Accolades:

  • 2018: Grade 3 Clarinet (Distinction)
  • 2018: DCA Award (2nd Place)
  • 2018: Woodwind, 11 to 14 years (3rd Place)
    Colchester Rotary Festival of Music and Dance
  • 2018: Woodwind, Duet, Any age (2nd Place)
    Colchester Rotary Festival of Music and Dance
  • 2017: Woodwind, 12 years and under  (3rd Place)
    Chelmsford Festival of Music and Dance
  • 2017: Grade 2 Clarinet (Distinction)
  • 2017: Woodwind, 12 to 15 years (3rd Place)
    Colchester Rotary Festival of Music and Dance
  • 2017: Woodwind, Duet, Any age (2nd 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 (Prize | 1st Place)
  • 2016: Grade 1 Clarinet (Distinction)

 

Q: What inspired you to start learning your instrument?

A: I started playing the clarinet four years ago but I did not originally want to play this instrument. I wanted to play the flute but when I tried to play it my fingers were too small and could not reach the keys properly so [my teacher at that time] recommended the clarinet to me. I started with it and did not like it very much but later on I soon grew to love it and I still do now.

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

A: The thing I enjoy most about my instrument is the sound and the achievement I feel when I have mastered a difficult note or a challenging piece of music. I also love the sound of the clarinet when two or more of the instruments are played as an ensemble.

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

A: If you are performing don't worry if you get nervous because I was nervous the first time I performed and I soon realised it was better than not being nervous. If you don't get a little bit nervous then it's most likely that people will think you don't really care about whether you do it well or not. Also if you make a mistake, dismiss it and carry on. If you don't make a big deal out of it your audience won't realise you have gone wrong. And remember, you learn from your mistakes. 

Q: What are your musical aspirations?

A: I don't really have a set aspiration for me yet. I just want to get as good as I can, keep progressing and never give up. 

 

When she is not practising the clarinet, Ella enjoys playing piano and sport especially football and basketball; she also loves reading. 

 

Listen below to hear Ella's progress!

 

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