24 Dec Share Your Story – Varvara
The bursary from Lee Abbey London made a huge difference to me. If I did not get this help, I would go back to Russia because I would not be able to pay my living costs. I came to the UK winning the scholarship from the Royal College of Music but unfortunately, I didn’t have any financial support from my family or anyone else so it was very difficult to survive. The first 6 months were specifically hard because, with no connections and no job, I found myself in the position where I couldn’t pay full price of my accommodation. At that moment, I was desperate and the only decision I could make was to go back to Russia and stop my studies. This didn’t happen just because Lee Abbey helped me and played the missing part of my accommodation fees.
As a result – now I graduated from the Master’s and received also an Artist Diploma degree at the RCM, got an Exceptional Talent Visa to stay in the UK, released my first CD with Champs Hill Records, developing my career as a concert pianist.
I am very grateful for the Lee Abbey – with their help I could have a chance to make my dreams come true.