Young Achiever: Seri’s music makes difference
Seri Fisher is hitting all the right notes for a successful future in music.
The nine-year-old held her own against performers who were 30 years her senior during a summer music festival in Canada; her solo a cappella and guitar performances earning standing ovations.
Now the Warwick Academy student sharpens her piano and singing skills with weekly performances at the Packwood Rest Home in Sandys.
“I love to perform,” Seri told The Royal Gazette. “It just makes me happy.”
Seri, from Sandys, said that she had a love for music since the age of 4, but added that she had her first piano lessons at 6.
She explained that she enjoyed the challenge of learning music and later took on lessons for guitar, violin and singing.
Seri also said that she was inspired two years ago to give her practice time a more charitable function.
She explained: “My dad told me that Packwood Home doesn’t have a lot of visitors and, because they’re getting old, they just feel lonely. So I wanted to make them happier.”
Seri’s performances seem to have done the trick, as the seniors have delighted in her visits and appreciated the performances.
She added: “One man always comes around in his wheelchair and says ‘good job’ and tells my dad that I make him really happy.
“I like performing for them; it just makes me really happy.”
Seri received another warm response in August, when she went to the town of Princeton in British Columbia, Canada, for a family holiday.
She explained: “My dad found a newspaper about the Princeton 12th Annual Traditional Music Festival.
“He found out there was an open mic stage, so my dad got me to enrol in it because I’d been practising my guitar.”
Seri took to the stage with an a cappella performance of the traditional ballad The Skye Boat Song, and Bob Dylan’s Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door on guitar.
She was one of about 25 performers who signed up for the open mic, many of whom were recording artists.
Despite her inexperience, Seri’s performances received wild applause.
She said: “Every single person was clapping like crazy. After I finished, people came up to me and said ‘keep on going, you’re doing really well’.”
Seri ended her holiday with an impromptu performance while she waited for a flight at Edmonton International Airport.
“When we were walking to our next gate, we saw a lady from Japan and she was playing a grand piano,” Seri said.
“She was really good and, by chance, she had a song that I know called Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen.
“Some people who were walking stopped and clapped when I was finished.”
Seri said that she hoped to perfect her instrumental skills in the upcoming months.
She added that she dreamt of becoming a musician as an adult and wants to use her skills for charity.
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