At the age of only ten Anna Foo, from Buckinghamshire, has already scaled impressive musical heights by being selected to play the flute in the National Children’s Orchestra (NCO).
Anna’s severe visual impairment was no barrier to learning the flute with the help of Braille music – and after only two-and-a-half years she successfully auditioned for a highly sought-after place.
Anna said: ‘Being in the NCO is one of the most thrilling experiences possible. Playing in an orchestra, contributing to music alongside others who have the same passions is exhilarating.
‘Music is an important part of my life and makes me so happy. Playing the flute is my main interest. Its mellow clear tone and the ability to change the sound in order to suit the piece of music are what make the flute my favourite instrument. ‘After a year of learning I took my Grade 3 with distinction and my teacher Dan suggested I audition for the NCO. After two months I received the brilliant news that I was offered a place in the under 11 orchestra.
‘I have now been to two regional rehearsals and loved every minute. One of my favourite pieces is from Riverdance. ‘I practise every day and hope to keep playing for the NCO and then the National Youth Orchestra.
‘I always want music to be part of my life.’ Anna is a true inspiration to other young people with a visual impairment – with a little help from her friends and family she is playing her way to the stars.