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Jessica Scott, Musician and Advocate for Change!


Published: 20/04/2020 9:00am

We have another great good news story to share with the musical community this week!

22-year-old Jessica Scott,  a Finalist in the Sydney Eisteddfod Drs Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship 2018, has been accepted into the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) for 2020. 

Jessica, who plays the Flute, couldn’t believe it when she first received the email saying she had been accepted.  

“After triple checking and re-reading the message, I was over the moon for days!”, Jessica tells Sydney Eisteddfod.  

Last year, Jessica was fortunate to travel the UK with the Sydney Youth Orchestra (SYO) on tour and during this time she fell in love with the musical life in England. For this reason, she is even more excited to return later this year to commence her studies at RAM! 

The experiences we had on tour were unforgettable, and so I look forward most to working alongside some fantastic mentors and colleagues on my return to the UK. 

We asked Jessica whether the current global pandemic has influenced how her study will be conducted at the Academy, as she was set to begin in September this year.  

I know many of my colleagues, who are currently studying at RAM, have flown back to Australia and are continuing lessons online. I remain hopeful that I can begin my studies in person from September 2020. If not, my place at the Academy is still secure, should I be unable to travel overseas". 

It is great to see so many organisations in the music industry being so considerate of young aspiring artists during these unprecedented times. 

Jessicamost proudest moments in her young career have been when she was able to play a significant part in social change.

During a recent performance, I was improvising on stage, and had created a film montage of the 2019 climate protests, projected behind me. 

This included footage of the Sydney Conservatorium musicians, who formed a band to participate in the protests. 

At one point I opened my eyes to see thousands of people standing behind me, all wishing for the same dream. I felt immense pride at being a musician at that moment”. 

It’s great to see such a young artist already making such a remarkable difference not only as a talented musician but as a spokesperson for change! 

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[Photo: Jessica Scott with members of Sydney Youth Orchestra last year. Credit: Sydney Youth Orchestra. Header Photo: SYO]

On the topic of social change, Jessica is also currently working on Elizabeth Jigalin’s composition for the Voices of Women project which has been postponed to commence later in 2020.  

Jessica has also been invited to the Bang on a CanNief-Norf and SoundSCAPE Summer Festivals as a Performance Fellow for this year! 

If the festivals go ahead, I’m expecting the experience to be full-on and fantastic. We will work through some incredibly challenging modern works, perform multiple premieres by the faculty and the Composing Fellows, and establish friendships and connections that will last well into the future”. 

Jessica has offered up some advice to all those in the Sydney Eisteddfod community who were unable to compete this year due to our Festival’s cancellation.  

Put energy into your practice. Whilst I am disappointed at the cancellation of my upcoming performances, I have never had more time to dedicate to fundamentals! 

Scales, excerpts, long tones, sight reading, vibrato, and technical studies have replaced time that is usually taken up by concert repertoire”. 

Jessica is creating an Australian Cultural Fund project to raise funds for her first year of study, which, when combined with the purchase of a professional instrument, will total at $94K.

She kindly asks anybody that is able to donate to help her out, she would appreciate any kind of support during this time. 

Best of luck Jessica for all your future endeavours!