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Proud sister nominates Ilford music maestro for Young Citizen award

PUBLISHED: 15:33 30 September 2016 | UPDATED: 23:18 30 September 2016

Yannis Madu who has won a Jack Petchey award for his work

Yannis Madu who has won a Jack Petchey award for his work

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“I’m academic, he isn’t. It’s easy for him to get overshadowed and not get the recognition he deserves,” said Vanessa Madu, 16, who has nominated younger brother Yannis for a Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award.

“I’m academic, he isn’t. It’s easy for him to get overshadowed and not get the recognition he deserves,” said Vanessa Madu, 16, who has nominated younger brother Yannis for a Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen award.

Yannis, 15, of Wellesley Road, Ilford, has impressed many with his talent for music, having taught himself programming and theory. And his dedication to not only learning, but helping others hone their skills, has impressed his sister.

“He helps other young people to realise their goals,” said Vanessa.

“He is only one of three or four people at Frenford [youth club] who knows how to use the [music] equipment so when other young people want to make music or sing songs he learns programmes to help them.

“The music theory [he has taught himself] is well above what he is learning at GCSE. He is also grade 5 on the drums, which he learns at school.”

Yannis told the Recorder: “I like to help people. When I teach other young people at Frenford they use a different software, so I learn as well.

“Programming together is really good, it’s a really nice feeling.”

Vanessa added: “When a professional sound engineer at Frenford first heard his music he was very impressed.

“As well as creating his own songs, he is able to mix and record to a high quality. The dedication he has shown is incredible.” Yannis said his nomination was the “first time” someone had recognised his achievements.

“People don’t think about all what goes into production. I’m trying to do something that is quite difficult.

“As a career I would like to be a music producer, but anything to do with sound design or audio would be fine


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