This March, The Mums NI Team were absolutely thrilled to be chatting with inspirational young painist Aodhan Anthony, from North Belfast, for our World Piano Day themed Mums NI Chats With . . .
Aodhan Anthony started to play the piano in September 2017 under the guidance of Northern Ireland's finest Tutor, Catherine Crean. In such a short space of time, 10 year old Aodhan Anthony has flourished into an incredible player and natural performer. He also has his own YouTube Channel where you can see him in action - be prepared to be mesmerised.
We were delighted that Aodhan Anthony was able to take some time out of his practice schedule to have a chat with us.
When my Grandad retired he started learning to play the piano as a hobby and he used to send me clips of himself as he lived in England. This made me want to try it out myself and then my Mum got me a keyboard and wrote out notes of a song for me to try. I did really well with it so my Grandad found an absolutely fantastic teacher for me to take some lessons with, Catherine Crean.
I practice every day but I don't have a set routine really. I practice my scales and my grade pieces and different pieces that I enjoy. Sometimes I get up before school and the first thing I do is go on my piano much to the annoyance of our neighbours I'm sure!
Playing music makes me feel so happy. It's calming and I play different pieces depending on my mood. When I'm feeling a bit angry I like to play Lux Aeterna by Clint Mansel and it chills me out. One of my really happy pieces that I play when I'm excited is the Entertainer by Scott Joplin.
The very first song I learned to play was All of Me by John Legend. It was on the keyboard and I learned it via the notes rather than reading the music. My sight reading is alot better now though and I like to play more classical pieces now that I'm able to read music.
My inspiration is Ludovico Einaudi. I just love his music so much and it's my favourite music to play. He composes music from taking in his surroundings and how he feels and when I'm playing or listening to him I can feel the music. There is a lot of emotion behind it.
I really enjoyed it, it was the first time playing for an audience that wasn't just my parents. I was really nervous but they were good nerves and I think they helped me to play my best. When I started to play, I just forgot everyone was there and got into the music. Then when everyone started clapping at the end I was really shocked and didn't really know what to do. It felt so good.
I hope to play around the world some day. I would love to play in other countries and learn about the music in other countries. I hope to be able to compose my own music too when I learn more about music theory. I just want to be able to share it with other people and hope it makes people feel as good as it makes me feel, that's why I started uploading some videos on my YouTube channel - Aodhan Anthony.
Just do it, don't worry about being good or bad, don't worry about where you can go or what you can do with it, just play and enjoy it and make yourself happy.
I am learning to play the violin also, I go to the City of Belfast School of Music on a Saturday and I really enjoy learning to play along with other people. I also have a guitar and bongo drums that I play quite badly but I still try. I would really love to try the Organ some day.
For World Piano Day I am going to play my bongo drums! Just joking, I have a piano lesson with my brilliant teacher Catherine and then I'm going to play my piano as loud as I can for all my neighbours to hear to make sure they are celebrating World Piano Day, whether they like it or not! #PianoDay
Mum Hannah says:
Music has given Aodhan a better ability to focus, not just on his piano but on other things too. He is better at sitting down and independently getting on with a task, which I think comes from the determination he shows of not only learning to play a song, but a willingness to play it properly. He is so much more confident, he was never a shy boy but he would have no problem walking into a room full of people now to play. He is never bored as he always finds new music to learn and challenge himself. He showed great maturity when preparing for his first performance and I am so proud of him.
I would urge any child to take up any instrument or follow any interest that they have and who knows what they may accomplish.