GIULIAN HOPES TO INSPIRE OTHER YOUNG MUSICIANS WITH DISABILITIES TO AIM HIGH
Day to day practical things are hard for nine-year-old Giulian Fabrizi, who has cerebral palsy, but music has given him a new-found confidence and ambition.
Giulian, who is a pupil at Hotspur Primary in Heaton, joined Sage Gateshead’s Young Musicians Programme when he was five and a half.
His mum Elisabetta was inspired by the story of another musician, Sarah Fisher. Sarah also has cerebral palsy and has spoken out about how music at Sage Gateshead helped her overcome some big physical challenges.
Elisabetta said: “I thought about her amazing talent and determination and also about the family and teachers that must have believed in her from a young age. That evening I looked for information about music at the Sage and signed Giulian up.”
Young Musicians Programme runs every weekend during term time and is open for all young people aged four to 19 who are passionate about music and want to learn.
Elisabetta said that sheer determination and support from those around him had enabled Giulian to take on a difficult instrument (the violin) and achieve his goals.
“Everything is practically harder for him, so he needs to put in double effort. But his determination is so strong and it makes him very happy when he gets results.
“His confidence has improved a lot. The opportunity to do his end of year concert in Sage One was amazing, he even autographed my ticket to the performance and framed it!
“Like Sarah, I hope Giulian’s experience can show other children that it is possible, and it ought to be possible for all abilities to aim very high.”
Joining a music group or programme like YMP is a great way of socialising with like-minded children.
Elisabetta added: “Giulian used to be shy and found it hard to deal with groups and noisy environments but now he is much better at both.
“The Young Musicians Programme has been so supportive. They clearly understand how crucial it is to make music education inclusive, and importantly believe that musicians with disabilities can achieve high levels.”
Giulian wants to be an engineer when he’s older but hopefully will start his own orchestra in his spare time so he can play his own compositions and maybe use them in the machines he will invent!
He said: “I love going to the Sage on a Saturday. I particularly enjoy the musicianship lesson because it is a lot of fun and we move about a lot.”
Hannah Fumoleau, Head of YMP, said: “We are really keen to encourage applicants from the widest range of backgrounds, making sure that everybody has the chance to learn music with us.
“We have specialist skills in music training and experience in working with children and young people facing challenging circumstances. Financial support is available through grants and bursaries.”
Applications for the YMP September term open today (January 30). To find out more visit our website www.sagegateshead.com/get-involved or come along to the YMP Open Day on Saturday 29 February.
For further information, interviews or images please contact:
Emily Taylor, PR and Communications Manager, Sage Gateshead
- E. [email protected] T. 0191 443 4617 M. 07793 762 879
Gaynor Ellis, PR and Communications Manager, Sage Gateshead
- E. [email protected] T. 0191 443 4690
Sage Gateshead is an international music centre and renowned conference and event venue located in the North East of England. It is for artists, for audiences and for the North.
Our iconic building, designed by Foster & Partners, welcomes around 500,000 visitors each year. It is home to the acclaimed Royal Northern Sinfonia and presents around 400 events and festivals each year for a live audience of 350,000 (six million people hear our work via stream or broadcasts). Every year we support over 100 musicians through our artist development programme and we work with 30,000 children and young people as well as 20,000 adults in our creative learning programme.
As a charity we rely on financial support from Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council, Arts Council England and our donors to ensure everyone in the community can experience the joys of music.
Positioned as one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisation, our continued ambition for the future is to work to significantly to increase the number and range of people connected with music.
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