I´m a determined and enthusiastic child. I'll need your help to get a violin.
I’m Thomas and I’m eight. I became interested in the violin when I was very little. I was so little I was told I had to wait. As I was so eager to learn I spoke with a teacher and convinced her to give me lessons, despite my being only three and a half.
Because my parents had to leave the country due to work, I went to live in Sweden then in Norway and, because of this, I had to interrupt my lessons for some time.
I was lucky upon my return to Portugal to find an excellent violin teacher who encouraged me to enroll for the exams at the Conservatory which will take place in May 2015. By entering the Conservatory, I will be able to continue my lessons in a more intense way and fulfill my dream.
I’ve had to struggle very hard to get here. When I was a baby, my parents found out I had difficulties at the level of fine motor skills and complete deafness in one ear. Not even that put me off. I was also diagnosed high functioning autism. Not even that put me off.
I’m a very determined child and very enthusiastic. I’m going to need your help to buy a violin. I’ve grown and mine is already too small. My teacher found someone who will sell a violin, a bow and a violin case, everything second hand, but my mother cannot afford this. Apart from this, I need to have extra classes to prepare for the auditions in May and to start buying the necessary material. Violin strings are very expensive. They can cost over 15€ and break quite easily.
If we manage to raise the amount we need, you will soon be invited to listen to me play. I thank you for your support and the potential you see in me. The truth is my mother has always told me:”You can do it” and I can!
A big hug,