Keen learner

On the keyboard

Natasha’s Piano teacher is the fabulous Emily Miller – a talented local multi-musician herself – see www.emilymillermusic.co.uk. Emily says:

Natasha is learning the piano with myself, she is a very keen learner and works really hard to achieve good goals. I have only taught her for a few months and have been amazed at her progress, she passed her grade 1 ABRSM piano exam and I am very proud of her achievements, she is a joy to teach.”

“The piano keys are black and white but they sound like a million colours in your mind”
Maria Cristina Mena, The Collected Stories of Maria Cristina Mena

Find out more about Natasha’s story here.

“A delightful student”

 

Natasha was in the school production of Oh what a lovely war in 2014

Natasha is 13 and has just started Year 9 and her GCSE’s including drama and music. She has been singing with the TVG – the School Choir for two years. Chris Carter – Head of Music at Honiton Community College says:
“Natasha is a very promising singer with a very pure singing tone. She is a reliable member of singing groups at college and makes a useful contribution to musical productions. She has sung as a soloist in our annual carol service and is keen enough to attend after school lessons in order to fit Music GCSE onto her timetable. A delightful student.”

Find out more about Natasha’s story here.

Sing it louder…

Natasha has been singing with the outstanding Devon County Junior Choir (DCJC) for five years. Rachel Smith conducts the DCJC choir, is Assistant Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral School and also finds time (I don’t know how!) to direct the National Children’s Choir and is Musical director of RMB Chivenor Military Wives’ Choir. Rachel says:
“Natasha’s singing career began when she joined the Devon County Choir aged 8. The choir, which draws children from all over Devon, gave her a taste of performing in large venues such as Exeter Cathedral and Exeter University, together with the beginning of the development of her vocal technique and the foundations of good choral discipline. As an extremely loyal member, Natasha was able to participate in many high profile concerts and at the age of 13, she graduated to Schola Exe, the Devon County Senior Girls’ Choir. The high quality of singing of the choir further enhanced Natasha’s vocal studies and the choir is delighted that Natasha has joined the Italia Conti Drama School in her pursuit of a career in the performing arts.”

 

Natasha front right singing for Children in Need on the BBC
  
One of many special performances in Exeter Cathedral
   

Find out more about Natasha’s story here

No rest in my repertoire

Hellooooo people, I hope you’ve had a wonderful week! It was my third Saturday at Italia Conti in Plymouth yesterday! It was another great one 🙂

I started an extra class in ballet and that was fun. I used to do ballet a long, long, long etc. time ago – actually I think there’s a picture of me in my ballet costume on my about me page (omg what a embarrassing photo!).

Anyway I can’t remember a thing from back then but it was ok as we were doing similar things as we do in modern (dance) and it’s not too hard as I’ve gone in at a easy grade to start with. The ballet teacher is also the head of the school and she’s really nice! Only problem is I really need some ballet shoes now. Look I fished out my old ones from when I was three, do you think they’ll fit !?

IMG_0439Got some thank you shout outs this week. It was lovely to hear from Lucinda Cowden from Neighbours – how exciting!!! Check out Lucinda’s message on my Facebook page. Massive thanks to Rachel and Marieke for making donations on my Go Fund Me page – this has paid for my first installment this term at Italia Conti. Next installment due end of October…

Piano lessons going well and cracking on with Grade 5 in Singing. Been practicing Lay Me Down (Sam Smith) and Yours (Ella Henderson). I will be getting my You Tube page up and running soon so you can hear a bit….

See you next week xxx

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Week Two: Settling In

  
Helloooo again my fellow humans and blog readers! Thank you for your lovely comments last week and a massive thank you to those wonderful people who have sponsored me so far on my Go Fund Me Page. Thanks Nanny Shirley, Bob, Debbie, Andy and Lyn. 

You’ll be pleased to hear that my second Saturday at Italia Conti drama school in Plymouth went well. I’m starting to feel more comfortable there, getting to know people and enjoying it more. My lessons were more or less the same as last week – singing, jazz (dance), musical production, acting and modern (dance). Obviously I had lunch as well but that doesn’t count as a lesson!

In acting we were working on poems to read out at a drama festival in Plymouth that is coming up. It’s a competition with lots of different classes to enter. I’m entering the Novice class as it’s my first time doing it. I’m also going to try for the Improvising Story Telling Class where the examiner gives you three objects and you have ten minutes to make up a story involving all of them. I had a go at both these classes in the lesson and I’m excited to do them for real. I’ll keep you updated…I could do with some fun poem suggestions I can act out – please add to my comments below.

Also earlier this week I started my piano lessons again with Emily Miller. It was great to get started on some new pieces (I hope they won’t B flat – get it!). I’m working on several things – Ode to Joy by the famous Beethoven, Drunken Sailor and some theory exercises for homework. I am looking into getting some of my piano/singing up on here for you to see….watch this space!!! 

P.S. Thanks to all my teachers for your lovely testimonials – read them all here

A nervous first day…

No photos please!!!
No photos please!!!

Hello world! This is my first ever blog and I’m not really sure what I’m doing! I started my first day at drama school yesterday. It was very scary. I had to get up at 6 o’clock  in the morning and my parents drove me all the way down to Plymouth. Everyone was very welcoming at Italia Conti but most of the others joining yesterday were younger than me. I felt quite out of place.

The first class was singing, one of my favourite things ever so I couldn’t wait to give it a go. We did warm up exercises then sang together then some people sung solo in front of the class. They were amazing! Then I found my way to the next class which was jazz (dancing). I haven’t danced very much in the past so I was quite nervous. The others were younger than me but they were really good.

We did musical production next which is a mixture of things. We did a bit of dancing then sung a couple of Christmas songs (for the Christmas production) then did a bit of a routine to Little Mix’s Black Magic. This was really cool coz I love Little Mix.

After that was lunch, more singing and lots of acting. I loved the acting because it’s another one of my favourite things to do. Last class was modern (dance) which was ok but I’m not feeling very confident about my dancing.

Well it wasn’t too hard to write my first blog. I hope you enjoyed reading and will follow me on my journey. If you want to find out more about me and my dreams please read my About Me page and you can leave comments for me too – I’d love to hear from you.