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We would like to share some details of this incredible lady – Olivia Slatter

About Olivia Slatter

I am proud to be a member of the autistic community, it has taken a long time for me to understand my condition, and for my condition to be understood. But the way I express my emotion, is through my music. Most people say autism is a problem, I say autism is a specialty, a willingness to exceed expectation of a world that was not meant for us. Finding our way around is emotionally distressing for us, and other people around us.

But I have been a musician from the age of 8 years old. I played the flute alongside 7 other instruments, it turned out that I just pick up creative things quickly. I am also an artist; I love to draw paint design.

But life has not been so easy to begin with, I was bullied all through school by teachers and students, for not being understood. Then I did not understand, but now I say their loss. I went through traumatic bullying, that let me self-conscious and incredibly low self-confidence.

A family friend named Sandy Iliff, helped train my voice and gave me the basic techniques to perform at a massive VIP event in London 2018 ‘Pink Fab Ball’ I won a competition over 1,500 people and came 1st place. I sang O Mio Babbino Caro by Puccini, at the age of 16-17 And then so the training began, and I have not looked back.

Since then, I have been working with some of the best opera teachers there is, some fellows of the RCM ‘Royal College of Music’ my current teacher works in some of the best universities, schools and Conservatoire in the country, Maureen B, she has just been amazing alongside trinity and sandy, I could not ask for better teachers!

I have had the best education experience at Trinity Laban, for the past two years and I have learnt more there than I did in school.

I have performed for BBC, ITV headquarters, and BBC radio Leicester. But I got diagnosed with autism at the age of 21 years old. Anything is possible, I came out of school with three GCSE and 7 qualifications that I eventually got in college, due to bad education.

Now I am studying a degree at Lincolns Bishop Grosseteste University music and musician ship and ill being learning how to teach students also. My plan is to eventually get my DR in music. The reason I did not go to Conservatoire is after the pandemic, being isolated I thought moving to London would be too much of a leap, so Lincoln was small but big enough, and with the right support there.

Olivia also did a lock down choir for those who were self isolating and who lost there jobs suffering with loneliness during the pandemic. The pink fab ball was for Sylvia anderson co creator of thunderbirds! Please watch these videos below:

Heal the World – Olivia’s Lockdown Choir

Olivia Slatter ‘O Danny Boy’

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