Michael Fuller, who is currently studying for a Performing Arts Level 3 diploma at Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC), recently featured in an extensive article on the BBC website, BBC London News and the I national newspaper. Michael, who has high functioning autism, is an incredibly talented musician who is able to create symphonies in his head. Michael says that by making music with his mind it helps him express himself and makes him calm. During his time at RuTC and through the help of his teachers and a strong support system, Michael has grown in confidence and is on track to achieve his ambitions of a successful career in the highly competitive performing arts industry – he has been offered a place to study music at Goldsmiths College, West London University and Royal Holloway and is soon to meet voice tutor Stephen Taylor at Oxford University for a vocal consultation.
Paul Smyth, Disability Officer at the college, says, “I’ve been working closely with Michael over the last 18 months and have seen him develop both personally and in his studies. He is a charming, polite and hugely talented young man who I am sure will achieve his dream of becoming a professional musician, and who knows, maybe one day he will perform his own compositions in the Royal Albert Hall in London - which I know is one of his many musical ambitions!’
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