Joy Becker (violin)
Joy plays the violin and had approached Future Talent when she was 14, at a time when she was trying to rebuild her musical life. She had very little confidence in her abilities as a musicians and performing in front of an audience was proving to be a huge challenge, with a concert platform reducing her to a bag of nerves.
Initial funding enabled Joy to purchase a much-needed violin bow and fund her studies at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Joy was also given various performance opportunities at Future Talent events including Future Talent’s 2008 gala fundraising evening at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. She was also one of five Future Talent Stars, chosen to perform in a Future Talent showcase concert as part of the 2009 Ryedale Festival and more recently at St George’s Hanover Square. These opportunities enabled Joy to build her confidence and performances as part of her studies at the Royal Northern soon followed.
Joy’s confidence continued to grow and she became leader of both the Junior RNCM Orchestra and the Hallé Youth Orchestra. She also secured a place with the National Youth Orchestra – something which Joy never thought possible before our help. This place was also funded by Future Talent.
Future Talent invited Joy to attend the Classical Brit Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in 2009. Seeing the achievements of all those taking part made her even more determined to succeed. Joy has always dreamed of pursuing a career as a musician and the self-belief that Future Talent instilled in Joy, enabled her to audition and gain a place to study at music college. Future Talent has also given Joy, long-term loan of a high quality violin for her to use during her studies. Joy is now in her second year as an undergraduate and cannot wait to discover what the future holds.
“Future Talent has definitely inspired me to take all opportunities with both hands, and go for anything, no matter how daunting or impossible it may seem…I am now looking forward to a life doing what I love.” (Joy Becker)
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