The award of a major grant to fund an important study was music to the ears of a singing teacher.
PHD student Ailie Reid will travel to a number of countries, including Japan, Canada, Hungary, Austria and Finland, to investigate techniques that will help dyslexic singers.
She received more than £6,000 from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, in partnership with The Finzi Trust.
In the interview process, those applying to be a Churchill Fellow must show that the knowledge they acquire overseas will benefit people in the UK when they return.
Ailie, who runs a class at St George’s United Reformed Church in Morpeth every fortnight, is dyslexic and she got the idea of trying to come up with a strategy to help classical singers after going on a maths course at Nunnykirk School for Dyslexia.
She added: “Getting this grant was the equivalent of winning the lottery. I’m delighted that the panel recognised how useful my research could be to those with dyslexia who have the talent to become professional singers.
“When I’m abroad, I will learn more about the Dalcroze, Kodaly, Orff and Suzuki methods and how they can be best used to support these people. The aim is to develop self-regulating strategies that they can use when rehearsing and performing.”
Ailie grew up near Longframlington. After studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, she went travelling with the Carl Rosa Opera company and has sung for the Norwegian King and Queen. She has also been involved with the Northern Sinfonietta.
For more information about the project and the singing classes in Morpeth, email Allie at firstname.lastname@example.org