- 2017: DCA Award (2nd place)
- 2017: Recorder, 12 to 16 years (Prize | 1st Place)
Colchester Rotary Festival of Music and Dance
- 2017: Grade 4 Treble Recorder (Distinction)
Q: What inspired you to start learning your instrument?
A: I learnt recorder, because originally I wanted to be a clarinet player and I had been told playing recorder was a good starting place. In the end I decided not to learn clarinet (I decided to play the horn instead), but I carried on playing recorder.
Q: What do you enjoy most about playing your instrument?
A: I like that when I play baroque pieces I am playing on the instrument the music was originally intended for. I also like that there are several different sizes of recorders.
Q: What advice would you give to someone performing for the first time?
A: I would tell them to breathe deeply and tell them that since everyone makes mistakes, don't stress over them. Most of the time the audience doesn't even notice them and you should smile.
Q: What are your musical aspirations?
A: To be honest I haven't really thought past getting to Grade 8 and maybe doing a diploma, but I suppose I want to be able to pick up music and play it relatively easily, just for fun.My aspiration is to become much more confident in what I am doing and to develop my skills to become the best player I can be. For the further future, I would like to be able to take a GCSE in music and even perhaps do music in College and University. I would also like, in the future, to take on a different instrument.
When she is not practising the piano, Retha enjoys dancing and drawing. She occasionally goes cycling.
Listen below to hear Retha's progress!
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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