Joy writes her music on piano

Piano Student Pours Her Heart Out On Her Blog

August 1, 2016

Joy Hardy is a talented pianist, guitarist, composer who blogs about winning a commissioning opportunity with Kew Gardens, who have selected her to compose a piece of music to help young people engage with the importance of wildflowers in our environment and much more.

Here is what she said;
I’m 16 years old and I compose piano based music. I have always had an interest in music and I taught myself to play the keyboard when I was nine. From then on, I also taught myself the ukulele, and guitar. I also have some basic knowledge of how to play the flute, violin and cello, because they are the main instruments I have used along with piano for my compositions. I first started composing when I was 13. However, I have always made up my own melodies and tunes ever since I started having an interest in music.

Personally, I am a composer because I feel driven to express myself through music. I have patterns that feel trapped in my head until I can find a way to play them or write them down. As I am composing, I find that I have too many ideas to write at once. It is extremely competitive to be a composer today, so for me to be successful, I appreciate I will need to practice, be determined, make contacts and relationships, and be able to collaborate with others. Brighter Sound has been very supportive in helping me develop these skills with musical projects I have been doing.

I’m really looking forward to this commission because I will be composing to a theme, and involving other young people to create an unusual piece. I applied to this commission because I wanted the opportunity to have a focus and work on a piece that could inspire other young people to get involved with the things they enjoy doing.

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