Erith music student with ‘amazing potential’ wins mayor’s scholarship

11:05 11 October 2016

Michael Miller receives his award from Chi-chi Nwanoku

Michael Miller receives his award from Chi-chi Nwanoku

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The scholarship will help him realise his dream of becoming a musician

A pupil at an Erith school has come a step closer to realising his dream of becoming a musician after being awarded a scholarship by the Mayor’s Music Fund.

Michael Miller, who attends Peareswood Primary School, was one of 42 youngsters from across the capital to be nominated for the scholarships, which are aimed at talented youngsters from poorer backgrounds.

The nine-year-old, who plays the trumpet, received his award from classical double bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku at a City Hall ceremony on Monday, October 3.

Nikita Roscoe, music coordinator at Peareswood, said: “Michael has done amazingly well.

“They started whole school music lessons in year four and from the beginning he really shone as someone with amazing potential.

“He was talent spotted and invited along to an orchestra and from there he has really grown and done fantastically.

“This scholarship could be the making of him. He says he wants to be a professional musician. That is what his scholarship is about - it provides all the funding for private lessons, orchestra fees and travel to places like the London Symphony Orchestra for the next four years.”

Mrs Roscoe added that the school focuses on developing the whole child rather than focusing on purely academic subjects.

“It is for them to find things that spur their imagination, and for Michael music seems to be his passion and he just can’t get enough of it,” she said.

“He does find other aspects of the curriculum really challenging but when it comes to music he is a completely different child.

“At home it is difficult to practise at times but at school he has extra sessions at lunchtime and practises during breaks. He is really focused and puts in the hours.”

The scholarships awarded my the Mayor’s Music Fund last week were collectively worth £170,000, and more than £1 million has now been provided since the scheme’s launch in 2011.

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