Future Talent is a very special charity that gives financial support and guidance to young musicians aged between 5 and 18 who are clearly demonstrating outstanding musical ability or potential, but for whatever reason do not have the financial means to reach their goal.
We support musicians from all musical genres and awards are given for a variety of purposes including the purchase of instruments, music lessons, fees for specialist training courses and membership to national training ensembles such as the National Youth Orchestra and National Youth Choir.
We also offer advice and guidance to each musician and their families so as to ensure that everyone we help feels fully supported throughout their time with us. In this way, we are enabling our Future Talent Stars to aim high and make their musical dreams a reality. Thanks to this underlying philosophy, we have attracted the support of some of the UK’s most eminent musicians and educators.
Future Talent was formed as a result of one person’s experience of the limited opportunities for the development of musical talent in more deprived areas of the UK. After teaching music in a primary school in Hull for a number of years, Katharine Kent was aware that there were young people of considerable talent who were not being recognised or acknowledged. Consequently, Future Talent was founded at the end of 2004 and has grown steadily to establish itself as a nationally recognised charity.
Future Talent Artists
Olivia Da Costa
Olivia was born in London in 1997 and started to learn the ‘cello aged 3. By age 11 she had achieved a distinction for her grade 8 ‘cello and was leading the string orchestra at the Royal College of Music Junior Department. In 2011 Olivia joined Suffolk Youth Orchestra, where she was principal ‘cellist, and in 2014 was chosen as 1 of 4 international young ‘cellists to take part in the International Youth Symphony Orchestra in San Diego. Olivia hopes to study music at a conservatoire and eventually perform as a soloist. Future Talent funds Olivia’s ‘cello lessons.
Supported by The Freemasons’ Grand Charity
Romana is 17 years old and is studying the trumpet at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. As a flugelhorn player, Romana has played for the National Youth Band of Great Britain, and held the principal seat in the National Youth Band of Scotland and the National Youth Band of Switzerland. She attained a position with the famous Leyland Band at only 14 years old, and has since performed at concert venues such as The Sage Gateshead and the Royal Albert Hall. Romana hopes to play in one of the top brass bands or orchestras or even become a successful soloist. In 2014, Future Talent made a contribution towards her school fees.
Supported by The Liz & Terry Bramall Foundation
Michael was born in 1999 and is a multi-instrumentalist. He began playing the violin aged four and a year later progressed to the piano. At the age of eight he fell in love with the sound and look of the bassoon. As a student at the junior department of the Royal Academy of Music his principal study is the bassoon with violin and orchestral percussion as joint second studies. In addition, in homage to his heritage he also plays the Trinidadian steel pan. Future Talent made a contribution towards Michael’s conservatoire fees.
Supported by The Freemasons’ Grand Charity
Poppy was born in Surrey and started playing the violin aged 5. By age 6 she had passed her Grade 5 music theory with a high merit, as well as her Grade 5 violin exam with Distinction. She went on to pass her Grade 8 violin exam with a high Distinction shortly after her 8th birthday. Poppy is currently studying for her diploma. She participates in many groups and ensembles as a violinist, but also plays her oboe in the school orchestra and concert band and her recorders in the recorder ensemble. She also sings and plays the piano. Poppy’s ambition is to become a solo violinist. Future Talent is supporting Poppy with specialist practise and accompaniment lessons.
Supported by Newby Trust
Joe, from Salford, was born in 1996 and started to play the Trombone aged nine. He quickly progressed to become a member of the senior ensembles of both Salford MAPAS and the Bolton Music Service. At age 14, Joe achieved the position of principal trombone in the Hallé Youth Orchestra. In September 2012, Joe started his studies in the sixth form at Chetham’s School of Music. Whilst at Chetham’s, Joe performed in a number of chamber ensembles, big bands, and the Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra. He is currently studying at an undergraduate level at the Royal Northern College of Music. Joe’s aim is to become an orchestral trombonist. Future Talent has supported Joe in a number of ways including the purchase of a new trombone slide.
Supported by The Holbeck Charitable Trust
Accompanist: Ed Pick