HIGHBURY GROVE SCHOOL
Carlos Valero: Year 10
Carlos Valero came to England at the age of three after his parents migrated from Ecuador, South America. Carlos moved into Highbury with his parents and two siblings, one of which played the guitar. Seeing his older sister playing an instrument inspired him to pursue music himself. Carlos’ family speak Spanish as a first language, but he also speaks English and Italian.
Carlos decided to attend Highbury Grove School after attending an opening evening and witnessing how vibrant the music department was, listing it as his first choice. He does not receive instrumental lessons at home and had only achieved a Grade 2 by the time he enrolled at Highbury Grove (beginning his clarinet journey in year 4). However Carlos has now achieved 4 additional grades and is currently working towards his Grade 8 practical exam. Additionally Carlos has achieved Grade 5 in music theory.
Carlos is encouraged by two very supportive parents who even saved to buy Carlos a wooden Le Blanc clarinet. They encourage him to practice at least four times per week. “I most enjoy playing my instrument because of the opportunities I get” says Carlos, “My best moment at Highbury Grove was playing my instrument for Andrew Lloyd Webber”. Carlos explained he would like to play the clarinet as part of an orchestra when he becomes an adult, but for the moment he is a happy member of Highbury Grove’s Scholars Orchestra and Saturday Music School.