2018 Awardee: Emma Simpson
Originally from Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Emma became interested in music at an early age, and began learning the bassoon in school. Keen to take it further, she moved to Glasgow to study at the Music School of Douglas Academy for her final years of school.
Here she found many opportunities and was able to meet and play with lots of other likeminded young musicians. She had the opportunity to play with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for two years and with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland as Principal bassoon.
Emma gained a scholarship to study on the undergraduate performance programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Here she identified the need to purchase her own bassoon, in order to develop as a musician and play professionally.
How the Award Helped
Emma’s award enabled her to purchase a basson, allowing her to develop fully as a musician.