Posted: 22 February, 2021

Piano for the People: How Nathalie is using music to reach out

Achievements, Community, General, Music, News, Senior School, Sixth Form

When we asked our Year 7 students to focus on outreach as part of their Year 7 Social Responsibility Badge Challenge, we were pleasantly surprised by the volume of students who rose to the challenge and understood the importance of supporting the community.
One student who has gone above and beyond is Nathalie E, Wandsworth Young Musician of the Year and Putney High School Year 7 student.
Nathalie loves music at Putney, and “studying music at Putney has brought about so many new experiences” for her.
It was therefore natural, when hearing about the Social Responsibility Badge Challenge, that music would feature in Nathalie’s ventures to give back to the community.
When asked about her outreach activities, Nathalie said;
“During lockdown I have been involved in a number of fund raising music events. For example, I have played the piano in a Gala concert which raised money to support children in Liberia through education and creative arts provision, funding sponsorship, supporting rural schools and providing accommodation for Ebola orphans.
I have also played the piano for an online supporters event for World Heart Beat Music Academy, a charity which promotes music as a universal form of communication. Their aim is to provide music education for all young people, offering free music lessons and instruments for those in need, and so removing all barriers, financial or other, to music.”
Nathalie has also been involved in a project called For The Struggle which entailed learning and performing the music of artists such as Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Cliff and Joe Henderson.
“This project highlighted important social issues illuminated within music, film and social media.”
This has been particularly poignant in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Trevor Watkis curated a programme using the music of great American artists whose words and music highlight the struggle for fairness in a world poisoned by racial hatred and ultimately offer hope through their uplifting music. It’s not enough to not be racist you must be anti-racism.”
And the list goes on, Nathalie has been involved in countless efforts to raise money and awareness.
This is perhaps particularly impressive as all of her recent ventures have occurred in the midst of a global pandemic.
To watch one of Nathalie’s recents performances in Lockdown Video Fundraiser, which was selected as a top 5 shortlist in the Making Music Awards 2020 Best Virtual Concert Performance, click here.
In this piece, Nathalie plays the trumpet alongside 100 other musicians, performing Another Star by Stevie Wonder, to raise money for the Be There Campaign to support young people during lockdown by providing music-making opportunities and music lessons online.
In the words of Mr Wonder himself; “We all have the ability, the difference is how we use it”, and Nathalie is definitely using her huge talent to bring joy to those in the community around her, well done her.
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