May 19 2013 Latest news:
by Stephen Moore
Monday, January 30, 2012
Violin virtuoso Emmanuel Owusu Agyeman, 11, stands proud in City Hall as one of only three Haringey musicians to win a scholarship from the Mayor of London.
The money will pay for a year’s worth of lessons, a mentor and performance opportunities for Emmanuel, a pupil at West Green primary school in Woodlands Park Road, South Tottenham.
He has been playing the violin for two years and according to his teacher Vicky Miller is “the most talented musician I have come across in many years”.
She added: “He always practises after his lessons and will try extra repertoire in his book without prompting.”
The school’s head teacher Vivette Sewell added: “For financial reasons, Emmanuel has not been able to continue this term. He says he misses the violin desperately and wants to play again. This is just fantastic.”
Emmanuel collected his scholarship certificate from YolanDa Brown, double MOBO award-winning saxophonist, at City Hall on Friday, along with trumpeter Christian Brown, 10, and saxophonist Samarah Brown, 10.
They are part of 100 talented children to benefit from the first round of the Mayor’s Fund for Young Musicians, which sponsors children with outstanding potential and commitment to learning an instrument, but whose families cannot afford lessons.