Ellie Mildred-Smith (flute)
Ellie began to learn the flute at the age of eight where she was using an old borrowed instrument. Ellie was very keen to learn the flute and progressed quickly with a lot of practice and enthusiasm. As her skills developed Ellie soon outgrew her borrowed flute and needed a new instrument to enable her to continue with her development and progress through her grades. Future Talent was able to provide funding to purchase a new student flute, which inspired Ellie to work harder and develop her musical talent.
As Ellie progressed she gained confidence, which enabled her to win a choral scholarship to Lincoln Minster School. There, she became a chorister and was made the position of a Cope, leading the services for the Cathedral Choir. Music became Ellie’s life, and everyday she is part of musical activities at school. Currently she is a member of the school chamber choir, consort choir, orchestra, jazz band, chapel choir and wind quintet and she also leads the flute choir also symphonic wind band.
Ellie achieved an A* Music GCSE at the age of 14 and in 2009 she won the wind solo performance up to school year nine in the Lincolnshire Music Festival, she also won the vocal duet class in 2010.
Last year Ellie was awarded a new solid silver Miyazawa Flute and she is currently working towards her Grade 7 flute and vocal exams. Since Future Talent started supporting Ellie she has performed in many concerts including the Future Talent showcase concert at Hovingham Hall in 2009.
“I am so grateful for the support Future Talent have continued to give to me. Without the help and generous support I would not be where I am, or indeed the person who I have become. The belief, encouragement, support and inspiration given to me by Future Talent has enabled me to develop and continue to enjoy my life in music.” (Ellie Mildred-Smith)