Agnes (viola)

Agnes was born and raised in Surrey. Aged seven, she began studying violin at the Richmond Music Trust. After a short spell at the Centre for Young Musicians’ Morley College, she went on to study at Junior Trinity, Greenwich, aged 11. Here her interest in music expanded — she studied violin and piano to an [...]

Andrei (piano)

Andrei began playing piano and violin in 2010.  That same year he was admitted into the Guildhall School Music and Drama and offered a bursary to study piano under Zoe Mather (finalist in the BBC Young Musician competition, 1990) and Sebastian Mueller (master violin teacher, renowned for his teaching concept in which he collaborates with [...]

Charlie (violin)

Charlie, aged 11, has been playing the violin and the piano since the age of four. He is in his second year of Primary Academy at the Royal Academy of Music. At the Academy, Charlie studies violin with Haru Ushigusa and Professor Tomotada Soh. In 2016, Charlie won first prize in the Solo Violin category [...]

Charlotte (voice)

Charlotte is 15 and attends a school in Frome, Somerset. She is currently sitting her GCSEs and plans to take A-Level Music. Charlotte has aspirations of going on to university and gaining all the necessary degrees to enable her to become a music therapist, with long-term aspirations of primarily working with children. In addition to [...]

Ciaran (drums)

Ciaran is one of the most versatile young musicians in his hometown of Dundee. He plays drums, a range of percussion instruments and piano in a wide variety of musical contexts. In any one day Ciaran can be seen jamming with a jazz trio, playing in an orchestra and performing the solo piano works of [...]

Claudia (saxophone)

Born in London to a non-musical family, Claudia was introduced to the saxophone aged 11 and joined the Wandsworth POPS Orchestra soon after. Around the same time, Claudia received the Robert Lewin Scholarship and started studying at the Centre of Young Musicians, where she received piano tuition and became a member of the London Youth [...]

Dianthi (violin)

Dianthi, aged 17, was born in Peterborough. She has been playing the violin since the age of seven and achieved a Distinction in her Grade 8 when she was 13. She enjoys playing in her school orchestra and has participated in several Peterborough and Oundle music festivals. She is greatly inspired by Itzhak Perlman and [...]

Dougal (bagpipes)

Dougal is from the Isle of Skye in Scotland, and started playing the chanter/bagpipes aged seven. He also plays bellows-blown border/small pipes and whistle. He is a member of the Skye Youth Pipe Band, as well as the Isle of Skye Pipe Band, and will compete with the latter at this year’s European Pipe Band [...]

Glyn (euphonium)

Glyn lives in Llanfaglan which is on the outskirts of Caernarfon in Snowdonia, North Wales, and has been playing the euphonium since he was seven. He achieved a Distinction in his Grade 5 last year at the age of 11, and is currently working towards his Grade 6. Glyn started having lessons in Bontnewydd Primary [...]

Holly-Mae (violin)

Holly-Mae, aged 16, has played the violin for eight years. She has attained a Distinction in her Grade 6 exam and is currently working towards her Grade 7. Holly-Mae receives lessons via the Stoke-on-Trent Music Service and currently studies with Sylvia Buckley, whose real passion for her instrument inspires her. On top of her studies, [...]

James (violin)

A calm, focused and dedicated musician in both practice and performance, James started learning the violin at the age of eight. Just one year later he joined the North Lincolnshire 1st String Orchestra. At the age of 13 he passed his Grade 7 with Distinction and was chosen to be the leader of the North [...]

Max (violin)

Max, aged 16, has been playing the violin for 11 years. He is currently working hard towards future auditions at top UK conservatoires, and is intent on studying at one of them after school. He has recently been admitted into the Junior Department at the Royal Academy of Music, where he will begin his studies [...]

Melissa (voice)

From a young age, Melissa has loved to sing. She successfully auditioned for the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain (NCCGB) when she was nine and moved through the ranks to become a current member of NCCGB Senior Choir. She attends NCCGB residential courses and hopes to tour China with the Choir in 2018. In [...]

Molly (‘cello)

Molly was born in London and, from the ages of one to four attended Lowell Herbert’s music classes.  Aged four she started playing in the String Training Programme at the Guildhall School of Music and when she was six years old, started playing the ‘cello with Dr. Oliver Gledhill.  Aged 11, she joined the Junior [...]

Octavia (piano)

Octavia started playing the piano aged five. She currently attends the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music, after moving from Cornwall to Cambridge. She studies piano with Adam Swayne and has passed DipABRSM with Distinction on piano and DipABRSM on cello. She really enjoys performing solo piano, with one of her most memorable [...]

Oscar (flute)

Oscar, from Bristol, began learning the flute aged seven and the piano aged eight. He went on to achieve Grade 8 Distinctions in both instruments aged 13 and 14 respectively. Subsequently, he successfully auditioned for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s Junior Conservatoire, where he now spends Saturdays receiving tuition for flute by [...]

Tiger (‘cello)

Tiger is 12 years old and has been playing the cello for over five years. This is his third year studying at the Royal Academy of Music with Robert Max (cello). He holds music scholarships for both the cello and the piano at Bedales School. In 2016 Tiger was awarded an ABRSM Junior Scholarship to [...]

Troy (violin)

Troy started playing the violin aged six with the London Suzuki group and performed as a solo artist at the Purcell Room in 2009. He currently studies with Yumi Susaki at the Junior Royal Academy of Music. As a member of the Barbican Young Orchestra, Troy has worked with the late Sir Colin Davis, performing [...]

Yifan (harp)

Yifan used to live in Scotland, where the harp has always been a particularly popular instrument. After winning a competition at his school in 2011, Yifan was given the opportunity to perform at the Edinburgh Harp Festival. He then asked his parents if he could start having lessons. Six months later he passed his Grade [...]