10 year old Zainab has had an exemplary first year as a London Music Fund Scholar. Since being able to have 1-1 lessons she has made extraordinary progress, advancing from having just a handful of notes to playing at Grade 3 standard. This level of progress shows the extent of Zainab’s talent, dedication and hard work. Both her teacher and mentor told us she is a delight to work with. Zainab enjoys playing in the WFMS Wind Ensemble, with whom she recently participated in a large scale performance at the Walthamstow Assembly Hall as part of their 2019 Music Festival. She also regularly plays in concerts at school.
We asked Zainab a few questions… read her answers below!
Why did you decide to play the flute?
I decided to play the flute as I learned the fife (the smaller version of a flute) at the age of 7. One day in school, a lady who played the flute came in and she played many pieces for us. She was also playing them on a silver flute and I remember all my classmates discussing what they would do if they had one. After I had mastered the fife, I was given the suggestion of starting to learn the flute. Since I had already seen how amazing it was to perform professional pieces in front of an audience was, it was a no brainer. The flute just seemed to call me.
Has your music taken you to some cool places? If so, where?
My music has taken me to some very cool places. Just a couple weeks ago, I was invited to play at Town Hall as part of a wind band ensemble. Plus, at the scholarship award ceremony, being able to perform for Yolanda Brown was simply extraordinary. So I think having an opportunity like a scholarship really means your music is one of your most prized assets.
What music do you like playing the most?
I personally enjoy playing classical music by composers such as Beethoven and Mozart because they have many different purposes. They can help you relax or even with concentration levels. But it doesn’t really matter what type of music I play as any type is still enjoyable.
If you could perform alongside someone famous who would it be? Or what musician do you look up to?
I look up to all musicians because each and every one of them is unique and has brought something to the table. I would have to perform alongside every musician from any time period no matter where they’re from or their ethnicity.
Has the Scholarship enabled you to have new opportunities?
The scholarship has definitely enabled me to encapsulate new opportunities. It’s quite difficult to find such good opportunities for free so I definitely wouldn’t take this type of an opportunity for granted otherwise you will really regret it.
What advice would you give Scholars who will be starting their Scholarship in September?
If you are starting your scholarship in September, I would say congratulations because being awarded a scholarship is a really big achievement and you should be really proud of yourself. If anything upsets you with anything even outside the world of music, I’d say start playing one of your favourite pieces of music until you figure out a solution or calm yourself down. If you mess up during a song, don’t stop. Continue playing the song and no one will even realise you made a mistake. Good luck with everything because maintaining a scholarship is hard work, but a lot of fun.