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How a professional instrument supports an aspiring musician

We are delighted to have loaned Bethan Cole our Azumi flute over the last 5 years. Bethan started with the flute in Year 8 at Llandaff Cathedral School, where she had a music scholarship, and played as the youngest player in the Gwent Youth Wind Orchestra.

Bethan has since gone on to play in renowned orchestras and performance venues, and her mother has written the following:

‘The flute was fantastic for Bethan at a really important stage and helped her transition from her beginner flute to the open holed Altus that we ended up buying for her. It gave her the time to see how seriously she was going to take flute before we invested in a more serious instrument. In a few weeks Bethan will take her Performance Diploma on Harp and later this year she is going to do the same exam on her flute.

Bethan dreams of having a career in music. So far she has had more opportunities to play on harp, playing with Amadeus Academy Orchestra, National Youth Music Theatre, and recording an album with Claire Jones Concert Ensemble at Abbey Road studios. Music is an intrinsic part of Bethan’s life and she is incredibly grateful for all the help she has had in developing as a musician and she is already looking at paying that forward. This year she has raised over £2000 to buy 10 little harps, from Derwent Harps, so that pupils in the primary school can have a go at exploring the harp.

It was playing flute in orchestra that helped her find her confidence as a musician to put herself forward for things on both flute and harp.’

We are so pleased the flute has been so helpful in Bethan’s musical development, and can’t wait to now find another awardee in the near future.


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