What are you up to in your creative work at the moment?
I am a music leader for OpenUp Music. Working in Special Educational Needs (SEN) schools in Bristol and Gloucestershire.
I have performed a few times with The British ParaOrchestra including the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympics in 2012. I am beginning to do some work with Bristol Plays Music.
I am passionate about inclusive music practice and I get involved in as many different projects as possible to promote and to level equality.
What are the highlights of your arts career to date?
Composing music for the Tromso Music Festival and performing at the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympics 2012.
What do you hope to be doing in five years time?
Performing regularly in a ensemble and doing more working in SEN schools as a music leader.
How did you use your level of Arts Award to develop your creativity or skills?
It was the only qualification that I was able to do that recognised the instruments that I use(d). I use music technology when performing and traditional qualification routes wouldn't acknowledge or recognise my level of playing. It gave me a boost of confidence to be given a award which recognised my level of playing.
This is a radio programme on my musical journey.
What advice would you give to young people doing Arts Award who want to follow in your footsteps?
Follow your dreams, don't let the world mould you into a square; there are always flowing colourful pictures ready to be printed you just need get your first splash of colour onto the page.
- Header image, Charlotte White, courtesy of Paul Gilbert