Ten year old The Gower School cellist won the first prize at the Independent Schools Association’s Young Musician 2020 competition. The competition was open to all ages and winning the trophy in her primary category is an amazing achievement from the ten-year-old. The Gower School pupil competed with the other children from around the country on Sunday 26th January at Warwick Arts Centre.
She said of her moment of victory: “I was shocked when my name was called and was announced the winner. But I am very happy and so is my family; my little sister was jumping up and down with joy! This is the first trophy I have won and I will put it on my shelf at home!”
Our young cello virtuoso has studied the cello since she was three years old with the renown cellist and teacher Annette Costanzi. She also takes part in the string ensemble club at The Gower School, which is part of the school’s weekly out of school enrichment programme.
During autumn 2019 she auditioned for the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain (NCO-GB), and was offered a place on the Cello in the Under 10 NCO-GB Orchestra for 2020. She will be joining a week-long intensive summer residency with the National Orchestra at Port Regis School in Dorset, which will conclude with a concert performance. In addition, she was invited to join the NCO London Juniors – Regional Orchestra, which will meet monthly and conclude with a concert performance in June in St Paul’s School, Barnes.
The school Principal Emma Gowers said: “We aim to have a broad spectrum of provision at the school and I am delighted the children are doing so well in creative arts. Huge congratulations for her incredible achievement at the national finals!”