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“I’m Sophie, a year 12 student at Blue Coat, and a violinist in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, where my second year will soon be culminating in our annual performance at the BBC Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall. There is a very rigorous selection process for NYO, with two rounds of competitive auditions held across the country. Only 160 talented young musicians are selected from over 700 Grade 8 + standard applicants, but being in the orchestra, playing with other gifted musicians and working with esteemed conductors is a privilege and so worth all the hard work. Highlights so far include our 2017 Proms performance and a tour to France where we played at the internationally renowned Festival Berlioz.

As well as on a national level I am also involved in local youth ensembles, leading the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, which is an amazing experience in itself, the Philharmonic also gave me the opportunity to perform a solo recital in St. Georges Hall.

For the past four years I have attended the Royal Northern College of Music junior department for my music lessons, all my teachers are fabulous and their outstanding tuition has played a big part in helping me to succeed. Although I am primarily a violinist, I also love singing and was recently selected for a place in the prestigious Rodolfus Choir (based in London), through my participation in an Eton Choral Course.

Having moved to Blue Coat for Sixth Form, I am enjoying the A- Level music course, as well as participating in all the extra-curricular musical opportunities on offer in School.”

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