I'm Annabel Gracey and I'm a 14 year old female drummer from Bradford in England. I am raising money to fund this once-in-a-lifetime wonderful opportunity I have been given to compete in the semi-finals of Drum-Off Global 2019 Drum contest in Singapore.
Drumming is my life. My passion for playing began at the age of 9 at primary school. I instantly fell in love with the kit and my skills quickly developed. I am currently working towards my Grade 8 drums and I am part of 2 rock bands as this is my preferred genre.
Last year I was part of London's West End production of School of Rock the Musical and I was the first and only female drummer in the UK and U.S show's history. I met many famous celebrities and had the privilege to work and perform in front of people such as Michael Ball, Elton John, Paul McCartney and many more. I appeared on National TV and did promotion events for companies such as Amazon and interviews on worldwide platforms.
My recent success in gaining 10th place in my age category in 2019's Hit Like A Girl global contest inspired me to apply for Drum-Off Global in Singapore. This led to an awesome opportunity to join the TRX Cymbals Family and I can't wait to work with them in the future. I also came in the Top 40 of Britain's Young Drummer Of The Year competition.
My aim is to inspire female drummers across the globe and prove anything is possible for girls and women alike. I love to perform and show other people across the world my passion for drumming and music.
My goal is to raise £3000 to fund this 5 day semi-finals drumming experience for myself and my mum. This will cover the cost of flights, accommodation and drummers masterclasses. Alongside showcasing my talent to other competitors and judges, this will give me the opportunity to experience different styles of drumming from all the gifted individuals in the competition.
In return for the generous and kind donations, I will stand as an ambassador for all female drummers and together we can show the world that anything is possible. I believe that everyone deserves a chance to follow their dreams and achieve anything they put their mind to. With your support, I can fulfil my dreams and attend this huge competition.
The semi-finals take place on the 28th August 2019 so I would therefore need to raise all funds by the end of July.
To all people who donate, I will post, share and live stream regularly on my social media pages to enable the whole experience to be captured.
Massive thanks in anticipation for your generous support,
Organizer and beneficiary
Bradford, Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom