A dream come true

Jhih-Yi Chang

First-year BMus student Jhih-Yi Chang has received the first Maxine Moody Scholarship for French Horn.

The Scholarship is awarded to one horn player each year and is open to first and second-year BMus students.

The prize, which is in its first year, is designed to support the career of a talented young musician through performance opportunities, mentoring and financial assistance.

Jhih-Yi will also receive one-to-one mentoring from Principal Horn of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Tim Jackson, and have the opportunity to play a concerto with The People’s Orchestra.

This scholarship is funded jointly through the Youth Music Foundation and The People’s Orchestra Charity in recognition of the late Maxine Moody, Trustee of the People’s Orchestra, and her commitment to community music-making.

Jhih-Yi Chang said: “I grew up in Taiwan and started learning the French Horn when I was eight years old. Last year, I took the life-changing decision to come to study in the UK.

“Here, I have had a new dream of working in a professional orchestra. By winning this prize, I can explore the world of musical performance and improve my playing skills. I am so glad to have such a great opportunity.”

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