Over the last few months, we have all experienced a major shift in our way of living. While such difficult times introduces unprecedented change, it is times like this that bring out the best of humanity; our collective spirit and strength as one.
Here at Future Talent, we have admired the communities across the nation that have come together, from healthcare professionals to delivery drivers to shopkeepers. However, we believe that as a community, we can do more than survive - we can prosper.
Music is one of the most powerful tools for achieving that.
During the difficulties of COVID-19, we have been working hard to ensure that we continue providing our gifted young musicians with the tools and support necessary to thrive, without interruption. Our unwavering commitment to our community will continue indefinitely.
Our team have been working from home for the last five weeks, continuing to keep our charity fully operational. In that time, we have reinvented our website in an effort to enhance our online presence, providing our supporters, musicians and prospective applicants with a better platform to interact with us.
Check it out and tell us your thoughts: www.futuretalent.org.
Across social media, we have enjoyed taking the opportunity to observe our fantastic musicians sharing their practice and other musical activities with their communities, spreading the joy of music online and helping us all to heal. We will continue to share these stories with you through our social platforms, including our upcoming newsletter.
On 21 April, we will host our first ever virtual workshop! Led by percussionist Jez Wiles, from the Heart n Soul Foundation, a collection of our young musicians will be working together using a variety of online programmes and techniques to compose a new piece of music.
"During these difficult times, it is of paramount importance for Future Talent to continue to break down the barriers between young people from low-income backgrounds and access to top-level musical experiences. Now in our 15th year, we are continuing to extend our reach further across the UK and will remain committed in our agenda to increase inclusivity across the musical world."
HRH The Duchess of Kent, Co-Founder of Future Talent
In all the activities we do in the coming months, we will be working hard to ensure that we remain as accessible and inclusive to gifted young musicians from low-income backgrounds as we always strive to be. While our funding and supportive commitments remain uninterrupted, we will continue to find innovative ways to move our opportunities and activities online.
Thank you for your continued support and we hope you find comfort in music during these difficult times.
Providing support to eight young singers, the VOCES8 Future Talent awards are open until 11 October
Applications for our Coombs Scholarship are open until 16 September.