Reception for Supporters – Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Thursday 11th November 2021

Our Company currently supports four students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama who, but for our support, would not otherwise have been able to pursue their studies. Our current students are Andrew Garrido (Piano), Lucy Walsh (Flute), Amy Holyland (Singer) and Gabriel Francis-Dehqani (Cello), and Catherine and I had a delightful few hours meeting them and listening to them speaking with such passion, confidence and positivity about their careers to date, their experiences at GSMD, and their futures. They are all extremely grateful for our support, and were at pains to explain how important it was to them; it was heartening to understand that a relatively small contribution from us can have a transformative effect their lives. As the acting principal of GSMD said, “a very little key will open a very heavy door”. (Amy had to rush off to perform at a Livery dinner so, unfortunately, did not make the attached photograph. All four, however, intend to come to our Carol Service, so those who are interested can meet them there.)