Funding Supports Passion for Music

Henry Etherington is a classical singer who in 2018, was accepted to attend music conservatoire to study degree level vocal studies. Through Leeds Community Foundation and Ann Maguire Arts Education funding and support, he was able to complete the essential vocal qualifications needed to accept his conservatoire place. Henry tells us more…


  •    In a nutshell, could you tell us what your Leeds Community Foundation funded project involves?

Leeds Community Foundation provided me with funding through the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund. I am a classical singer and in order to progress with my studies I needed to pass Grade 5 ABRSM Music Theory. This was really challenging as I am severely dyslexic and found the exams very difficult.

  • Why is this kind of support so vital, what’s the need and what might be the situation if the support you offer didn’t exist?

Because of my dyslexia I needed lots of extra one to one lessons, a scribe and reader at my exams and it took three tries to pass! This was really expensive and the support form the foundation enabled me to keep going. If I hadn’t have passed I could progress to the next level of examination.

  • Could you share a rewarding moment you’ve had so far? Is there a particular story you could share from a beneficiary you’ve helped?

I’ve recently been accepted to attend music conservatoire to study degree level vocal studies to help me achieve my aim of becoming an opera singer. I simply couldn’t do this without my qualifications.

The best moment I’ve had connected to the Ann Maguire Foundation was getting the chance to sing on stage at The Grand at the Gala event with Leeds Youth Opera

  • What made you apply for a Foundation grant, what difference has the funding from the Foundation made

I applied because it became clear that the costs of trying to pass my exam were going to be high and I needed some support to do this. I felt really supported by the team at LCF and Ann Maguire foundation – it was brilliant letting them know that I’d finally passed!