Meet Naomi! A Spitalfields Music Trainee Music Leader, who’s working with Osmani Primary School for our Takeover Spring Festival day.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m Naomi, and I play the violin. I love playing in lots of styles of music and with many different kinds of musicians. I have played with huge symphony orchestras in big concert halls, for private parties and occasions and also on a big stage at Glastonbury Festival. Baroque music by composers like Vivaldi and Bach is my particular speciality but I also get very excited when I play rustic folk music, crazy modern music and sometimes the big slushy romantic music! Jack and Abimaro are training me to become a more confident music leader so that I can share my passion with lovely people
What are you most looking forward to about your school’s Takeover festival?
‘Running, Falling, Moving’ – our epic theme tune! What a classic.
I love the theme, the Nile – it give me a chance to learn lots more about all the countries that it passes through and more about the nature surrounding it.
I can’t wait to see the whole school uniting in a fun day like this, making music, arts, crafts and hopefully some dancing. I can’t wait to see the Orange and Gold Year 3s, run an exciting event like this.
How did you come to start making music?
I started playing music at a very young age, in Glasgow where I was born. My mum had a school in our basement where we did lots of singing and dancing too. We went to a concert and I saw hundreds of children playing the violin and I said I wanted to play one of those! So after waiting a year, I was allowed to get one. I then worked really really hard to learn how to play.
What/Who is your biggest inspiration and why? (e.g. Composer, mentor, visual artist)
It is very hard to choose just one..I would say the band The Beatles’, as everyone loves them – their songs are sooo groovy, they have amazing lyrics and melodies and make you want to dance.
When you’re not making music what do you get up to?
I have a new hobby which is learning to surf! I also love taking photographs, camping, dancing with friends and eating great food.
Could you share three favourite projects you’ve worked on recently?
I led singing workshops with children in Sri Lanka, recorded some beautiful old folk songs from Paris with my band, Badinage, and played Handel’s Messiah with a group called ‘Solomon’s Knot’ with a standing ovation (everyone stood up clapping at the end to show how much they loved it!)