Maria Conneely

Award: Ian Fleming Award

Year: 2020

Genre: Musical Theatre

Instrument/voice type: Soprano

Location: Arts Educational Schools London

Maria begun taking ballet lessons in 2001 which was the starting point of her journey so far, it was here that she studied the Royal Academy of Dance ballet grades up to intimidate level. At the age of 10, Maria begun having singing lessons in classical training and Musical Theatre.

Maria was involved in many amateur dramatic productions including the title role in ‘Annie’, Glinda in ‘Wicked’, Rona in ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ and Jane in ‘Tarzan’.

Maria graduated from The Urdang Foundation course in 2018, it was during this time that she gained a place on the three year BA (Hons) degree at ArtsEd, where she is currently going into her Third year.
I cannot thank Help Musicians enough for the support they are providing me this year. It is a massive weight off myself and my family, it will also relieve some stress on what will already be a very stressful year. Their generosity will mean that I can enjoy this year without worrying about financial pressures as much as previous years. As I transition into the industry, it is extremely encouraging to know that Help Musicians’ believe in me enough to give me this level of support.