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Miley, who lives at Roman House Residential Service, has always had a keen interest in singing. This March, after spotting an advert online, he applied for the National Opera Studio’s Young Artist Programme – a move that opened up the door to an unexpected opportunity to join a choir and, later, a visit to English National Opera.
The National Opera Studio’s programme welcomes applications from exceptionally talented singers from all around the globe. The one-year programme works with elite singers to prepare them for careers in leading roles working at the highest level.
Despite the incredibly high standard of applications received by the National Opera Studio, Miley’s application struck a chord with David Sulkin OBE, the Director of Artist Development at the charity. The Opera Studio welcomes all applications and treats everyone with respect and dignity.
David personally wrote to Miley with some advice for advancing his career in singing:
After speaking to Helena Piper, Registered Manager at Roman House, David took the time to investigate local choirs that might give Miley the opportunity to develop his passion for singing. His search led him to The Autistic Adult Choir, a choir that was set up to develop the musical skills and creativity of adults on the autistic spectrum, regardless of prior musical knowledge and experience. The choir provides a safe space that fosters the talents and skills of autistic adults, with current members saying that it gives them a good opportunity to meet other autistic people, help them become more confident and is a fulfilling experience.
In addition to supporting Miley’s ambition to sing, David has also invited Miley to attend a relaxed English National Opera performance at the London Coliseum, giving him the chance to experience an operatic performance first hand.
Helena Piper, Registered Manager at Roman House, explains: