When Meredith auditioned on violin and piano for the Pre-Junior Academy at the RCS, she was just eight years old and one of their youngest auditionees. In spite of this, she impressed the panel greatly with her flair, competence and maturity and gained the joint highest mark of all entrants.
Meredith hails from a remote area of Stirlingshire, near Aberfoyle. Having started music lessons at a young age while attending the Glasgow Gaelic School, she showed natural talent and ability but was sadly unable to continue her studies due to the significant travel involved.
After moving to a local school where music lessons were not available, Meredith practised determinedly at home. Her her love and passion for music, and for the violin in particular, ensured she remained committed to developing her skills. With only occasional tuition to top up her learning she achieved an outstanding level of playing, which then earned her a place at the RCS.
How the Award Helped
Meredith's Dewar Award covered her transport costs to Glasgow and supported her in her studies at the RCS, allowing her to access the prestigious tuition she had earned and deserved.