Search

City Hall scholarships for two young Newham musicians

12:12 22 October 2012

Teodora Paduret, 9, and Hiba Qureshi, 10, holding their scholarships with double bass player Chi-chi-Nwanoku.

Teodora Paduret, 9, and Hiba Qureshi, 10, holding their scholarships with double bass player Chi-chi-Nwanoku.

Marcus Lyon

Two talented young primary school musicians from Newham have won London-wide scholarships to carry on their passion.

In the second round of Mayor’s Music Scholarships to be given out, Teodora Paduret, nine, and Hiba Qureshi, 10, joined 100 schoolchildren from across the capital at a special ceremony at City Hall last month.

Teodora, who plays the flute, is a pupil at Winsor Primary School in Beckton while Hiba, who attends Nelson Primary School in East Ham, plays the cello.

Both talented youngsters were recommended by the scholarship through the Newham Academy of Music where they take lessons and they also got to meet British classical double bass player and Mayor’s Fund for Young Musicians patron Chi-chi Nwanoku.

The scholarshops offer Teodora and Hiba a minimum of 2.5 hours provision per week, weekly tuition, group lessons with no more than six players, classes at a weekend centre, regular performance opportunities and chances to see professional concerts, a named mentor, and access to instruments they can take home.

They are among 66 talented schoolchildren aged seven to 11 to receive a Mayor’s Music Scholarship in January.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “We know that learning a musical instrument can have a powerful impact on a child’s life, helping in their social, emotional and academic development.

“Sadly, too many families in London cannot afford to pay for music lessons, even for very talented children.

“By investing in these scholarships, the Fund is enriching the lives of hundred of children and also making sure London remains the top city in the world for all kinds of music.

“I wish the Fund and the 66 talented scholars every success.”

Ginny Greenwood, Mayor’s Fund for Young Musicians chief executive, said: “Thanks to the enormous generosity of individuals and businesses around London, these talented children, who would have to stop learning without external financial support, will now receive four years of instrumental tuition both at school and at Saturday morning music centre, as well as the opportunity to perform and attend concerts.

“Our ambition is to raise enough money every year to fund at least 150 four year scholarships - a commitment of £600,000 - so that by 2016 600 children will be benefitting from the scheme.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

46 minutes ago
Stickers claiming voting was against Islamic teachings have been put up around Manor Park

Stickers placed on lamp posts warning Muslims not to vote in the upcoming election have been condemned for copying “evil” Islamic State teachings.

United Kingdom
14:23
Ashley Latty was murdered at a party in Dagenham in May 2014

A thug from Manor Park has been jailed for six years following the murder of Ashley Latty.

A plaque was unveiled to honour First World War Naval Officer George Drewry at the cenotaph in Central Park in East Ham

One hundred years ago on Saturday a wounded Forest Gate man risked his own life to save others during the infamous Gallipoli landings.

Newham council
26 minutes ago
St James's Church of England Junior School hosted a St George's Day afternoon tea.

A Forest Gate school hosted a St George’s Day event last week to tie in with lessons it has been delivering about British values.

Most read news

Competitions

Two phones. Same phone case. Genius.

To celebrate the launch of the first luxury dual phone case, PearPeel, we are giving away two of the black leather Rocha cases, perfect for holding two iPhone 6 handsets.

Read more
Spruce up for spring with this beauty bundle from Justmylook!

Looking to update your look for spring? Well, you’re in luck.

Read more

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder