Two recent recipients of Trust Music bursaries are Iskandar Dzulkifi (Izzy) and Emmanuel Moro.
Izzy is a 17 years old student at Runshaw College having previously attended St Bartholomews C of E Primary and Westhoughton High School. He is studying Physics, Maths and Engineering at A level and is a passionate singer (bass) with Bolton Music Service. At school Izzy was encouraged by his primary Head Teacher and then by the Head of Music at the high school. He joined the Music Service choirs in 2014 and loves singing with ‘like minded people’ in Soul Patrol, Lads a Capella and Bolton Youth Harmonies. He really enjoys the different styles of music.
“When I joined the choirs it really boosted my confidence – the tutors are really special – it’s like one big family.”
Izzy then took the opportunity to join the Greater Manchester Show Choir and was a part of a showcase performance at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Having had a year of vocal lessons with Rachel Hughes, Izzy passed his Grade 6 with distinction and is now studying for his Grade 8 with Sarah Dover.Being in the choirs has brought Izzy some very special memories (especially on the choir tour to Madrid) as he describes in this video clip.
Izzy is most grateful for the support he has received from Trust Music …“without access to bursary funding , I would not have had the opportunity to take part in the ensembles or the examinations”. He also has lots of encouragement from his mum who attends his concerts and helps him to be organised. Izzy feels that he now has a skill for life … ‘I’m never going to give it up’.
Emmanuel is 19 Years old and is a student at Lancaster University reading Biochemistry. Born in The Netherlands , Emmanuel arrived in England as a young boy with his family and attended St. Mary’s, Deane Primary School and Thornleigh Salesian College and was a sixth form student at Runshaw College.
Emmanuel studied singing with Marc Hall at school and passed his grade 8 with distinction. He attended the Music Service Youth Choirs from 2011 singing with Lads a Capella, Youth Harmonies and went onto perform as a soloist in the Greater Manchester Show Choir at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.
‘The Music making as part of these ensembles has exposed me to a range of musical styles. It has also introduced me to a range of different people and this in turn has developed both my personal skills and my musical ability… ’
A highlight for Emmanuel was performing at Saint Nicholas Church in Prague on the choir tour in 2016. Emmanuel would like other people to be able to benefit from the support and assistance that Trust Music can provide to create musical opportunities for all. He is most grateful for the support and encouragement that he has received over the years.