Corporal Lesley Vincent, of the Middlesex Wing ATC, has been acknowledged with an Leader Award for the tremendous work she has done with the Middlesex Singers Choir over the last two years.
Flight Lieutenant Stuart Seeley said, “It is very much due to Cpl Vincent’s hard work that the choir has achieved so much recently. As an RAF musician, Cpl Vincent has a wealth of experience and musical skills; however it is her sheer enthusiasm and gift for teaching that has made her contribution so special.”
The cadet choir was formed in 2011 by a group of enthusiastic teenagers in the Middlesex Wing. With the hard work of Cpl Vincent and SAC Allison Cartlidge, the choir achieved a credible level of proficiency and gave a sellout public performance at Ruislip’s Winston Churchill Hall in 2012. Since then, the choir has performed for a variety of different audiences and have raised over £1,500 for the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Cpl Vincent’s hard work and dedication has been paramount for the success achieved by the choir, as emphasised by founding member of the Middlesex Singers, 16 year old Cadet Sergeant Katie Knight.
"I know how much we all owe Cpl Vincent. When she told me I should perform a solo piece, I was terrified but she has helped me to improve my confidence and I now enjoy my singing even more! Thanks to Corporal Vincent some the cadets have enrolled for the BTEC Diploma in Music, which will hopefully help us in our future careers. We all owe her a huge vote of thanks – she is great!”
On receiving the award, Cpl Vincent said, “I've benefitted from working with the Middlesex Wing Singers just as much as they have from me. I am inspired by leading this group of young people who are enthusiastic, fun, full of ideas and respectful to their leaders and each other. They certainly shatter the illusion that the youth are 'no good'.
Seeing as I work in music every day, leading this group reminds me of why I chose this career path in the first place and rekindles my passion for what I do. Receiving the Jack Petchey award is the icing on the cake and just a further demonstration of how appreciative our young people are. I'm very proud of our group.”
For receiving the award, Cpl Vincent has enabled the unit to apply for a Small Grant of £500 which she hopes to put towards a modern portable keyboard, which would benefit both singers and musicians.
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