13-year-old Lily Poston was nominated for the TrinityTalent ‘Class of 2021’ in the Creative Flair category. Lily completed her Grade 3 and 5 Vocals whilst at The Corbet School. Lily also has the admiration of her peers as they nominated her for Youth Choice and has managed to excel despite Covid-19 restrictions.
Lily was nominated for TrinityTalent by her singing teacher Louise Le Boutillier from The Corbet School, who said: “Lily started having singing lessons in September 2020. The lessons were all online for the first 12 months. Despite not having had any face-to-face lessons, she managed to achieve a distinction at Trinity Rock & Pop Digital Grade 3 Vocals (93%) in April 2021. She then pushed herself and worked extremely hard to master the improvisation requirements and the three songs necessary for Trinity Rock & Pop Grade 5 Vocals in December 2021 and gained a remarkable 96% in the exam. To achieve this in only four terms of lessons, only one term of which was face-to-face, is a testament to Lily’s hard work and determination and her innate musical talent. This can only be a sign of things to come for this extraordinary young girl. She also has her own YouTube channel and writes her own songs.”
The TrinityTalent panel said: “Lily shows real bravery in her art form. She has shown progression through her exams and great creativity by writing and performing her own songs, which is why we are thrilled to recognise her for Creative Flair.”
The Youth Choice panel said: “We are really impressed with the power in Lily’s vocal ability and how she writes her own pieces – especially for her age!”
How do you feel about being selected to be part of TrinityTalent ‘Class of 2021’ and being recognised in this way?
It is such an honour to be recognised in this way! It is very exciting to be part of this. I feel honoured and thankful to be recognised and chosen.
How do you feel you have developed creatively and artistically in 2021?
I love doing art and practise regularly in my spare time. I feel I have improved so much in the last year. Whilst I didn’t enjoy any lockdowns, it did give me plenty of time to listen to lots of different types of music, practise lots and have lots of chances to write my own songs about how I was feeling in that current time. I have been able to push myself to high levels, which has helped with the coaching I have been receiving. Singing and music have been my passion since I was little, and I feel I am improving.
What impact did your Trinity qualification have on your artistic development?
It has inspired me to do more art in my spare time. This has given me more confidence - and proved my capabilities.
Has taking part in a Trinity qualification helped you to develop wider skills, such as communication skills, creativity or confidence?
It has helped improve my confidence in my artwork. Confidence, yes, it’s clearly developed, and I feel I am creative and understand the music well.
If you took a digital music or drama exam, please tell us how you found the experience of recording your performance
More chilled as I was around people I knew and people who have helped me gradually grasp my achievements.
What are the next steps for you artistically and creatively in 2022?
To keep developing and improving my grade in school. Progress with my grades, improve my guitar skills and have more opportunities to perform. Additionally, write more music about my experiences, which has been on my mind a lot.
What are your longer term aims, for example for your future studies or work?
I would like to achieve a grade 7-9 in GCSE art. I want to attend music college and become an artist and performer long-term.
Have you got any advice for other young people working towards a Trinity qualification?
Work hard and keep practising. If you have a goal you want to achieve, work hard but don’t expect to get there straight away. You will get bumps and knocks, but those are the things that make you stronger. Don’t let negative things hit you as much.
Is there anything creative you’re currently working on you’d like to tell us about?
I plan to do a piece for the Grayson Perry art club on TV. I am always writing music about my feelings and experience and am always looking for inspiration.
Read more about the talented young people selected to be featured as part of the TrinityTalent Class of 2021.