Dreams do come true
Music has always been a big part of Hannah's life. Here she tells us about her journey from primary school music lessons, joining music groups, to finally joining the RAF:
"I have always said that a career in music looks tough, but its hard to get a job anywhere so you might as well just follow your dream!
Well after completing the interview, medical and fitness test, last week, I passed my audition and gained my place in the Royal Air Force. After years of playing the clarinet, I knew that in some shape or form I wanted to have a career in music. I thought I would have go to music college to study as that was the only option. As I have found out it isn't!
After many many months of hard practise, everything came at once. With my diploma and audition all in one week, it was so important to get it right, but I was definitely on a roller coaster that was only going up! However, I couldn't have achieved this without my clarinet teacher, Wes Duggan nor my accompanist, Sara Harris, who through lots of rehearsals made it possible.
However, if it wasn't for Gloucestershire Music I wouldn't even be playing the clarinet. Through GM I had the loan of my first instrument, a place at my first music centre and endless amounts of opportunities that I have been offered throughout the last 8 years. The music service has also helped me connect with people who have given me even more opportunities and different venues to play in.
I am looking forward to my career in the Royal Air Force (after the 10 weeks of basic training...with no clarinet!!!), being able to play music every day, sharing it with the other musicians who have such a strong passion, and traveling to various places in the UK and abroad. I cannot wait to grab many more opportunities, even to develop my new hobby of running and eventually do my music degree whilst getting paid at the same time - what could be better!?
Never give up on your dreams, even if you think they are not possible, because everything is possible if you stick at it and never let the goal out of your sight, which Gloucestershire Music has helped me to do."