Anna is blind and uses a cane for mobility; she lives and breathes playing her flute, at which she excels. She loves all kinds of music, from pop to classical, especially Bach, and practices her flute every day as she is determined to have a career in music. It is a huge pleasure for her and a way of relaxing.
Music also gives Anna confidence and a feeling of self-worth, as she can be on an equal footing with her sighted peers. As she says: “I love playing music because it is something I can do as well as everyone else. Obviously, because I am blind, I am not as good at team sports and things like that. Music is something that makes me fit in. When I am older, I would like to have music as a career, or be part of a really good orchestra, possibly for the country.”
Funding from Amber allows Anna not only to have the flute lessons that are so important to her, but also to learn Braille music, which has undoubtedly helped her achieve the amazing goal of playing with the National Children’s Orchestra – the first blind child ever to do so.
In the recent High Wycombe Music Centre Auditions, Anna scored 95/100 – the top Anna orchestra webscore out of 80 flautists. She has been offered places in the top level symphony orchestra and concert band, which will be great fun for her both socially and musically. Anna is now working towards achieving a Grade 8 distinction in her Theory exams so that she can audition for the National Youth Orchestra in Autumn 2014.
Anna’s mother Laura, a constant support to her daughter, says:
“We are incredibly grateful to The Amber Trust for supporting Anna’s flute lessons and helping her to reach such a high level. Playing her flute is the most important part of Anna’s life. It is her only activity as she cannot do sports, watch TV or play computer games as her sighted friends do. Music helps Anna in so many areas of her life as she grows in confidence and is determined to be the best she can be despite being blind. Anna is also able to socially interact through music as a common interest with all ages, which is vital to her wellbeing.”
Anna’s story – Video (2012)