Twelve-year-old Lauren, from Airdrie, won the Kathleen McCartney music award for the community in 2007. She and her brother Declan, also a Dewar Arts Awardee, come from a musical family, inspired by her father who plays five instruments. Lauren plays both clarinet and piano and is a member of the junior concert band, the choir and the clarinet ensemble at school.
Lauren first started to learn to play the clarinet when she was eight, although she could not stretch her fingers far enough to reach all the keys. She switched to learning to play the piano until her hands had grown. She was accepted into the RSAMD Junior Academy when she was nine years old.
Although still young, Lauren shows considerable potential as a musician and is a member of a number of trios and quartets in the RSAMD Youthworks programme.
How the Award Helped
The Dewar Arts Award will help towards the fees for the Youthworks programme to enable Lauren to continue her musical studies.