"Due to the pandemic, Mila's year was pretty tough. She had so looked forward to starting secondary school, where she had won a music scholarship. The year had promised orchestras and quartets and so much more music in her life - but sadly, none of it materialised. Thankfully, Future Talent was a lifeline and kept her connected to other musicians and it gave her a sense that that music still exists and is alive. It was also an exceptionally hard year for the family financially and the award support meant she could carry on with viola lessons. When possible, the lessons were in person and this became the only real connection to live music. Playing the viola with her teacher became a real treat this year. Mila sadly didn’t take any exams but progressed onto ABRSM Grade 7 repertoire. She was also part of The National Children’s Orchestra and National Youth Choir. Mila is hoping to try for Chineke! this year and is working hard towards that preparing for future auditions."