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Kings School Musicians Earn Places At Junior Royal Northern College Of Music

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King’s School Music trio hit the high notes

A trio of talented young King’s School musicians have all earned places at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music.

Joining pianist and clarinet player John Daly, 16, and opera singer Olivia Hamblyn, 17, this year will be 13-year-old violinist Georgina Bloomfield. All three will be happy to spend all day every Saturday at the famous central Manchester college.

Georgina Bloomfield, a pupil at King’s Girls’ Division, begins her hour and half long practice sessions every day before school at six in the morning and then does more hours at the weekend. Supported by her mother professional violinist Helen Bloomfield and taught by Catherine Yates, Georgina’s dedication and talent have seen her selected for the JRNCM orchestra, even though she is still only 13-years-old. She has also just won the recital prize at the prestigious Bowdon Music Festival.

Georgina said: “I love playing my violin and enjoy being with friends in an orchestra. That’s the most important thing, you have to enjoy what you are doing.” Her proudest moment came when she played with renowned Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti. Georgina said: “That was a wonderful moment and a great honour.”
Olivia, 17, who is a hugely popular member of King’s Sixth Form, already has a long list of credits having sung with the National Youth Choir for seven years and the Halle Youth Choir for four years as well as the Junior Royal Northern College of Music Choir last year.

In that time she has performed both as a soloist and member of the choir in concerts all over the country including working with the Sir Simon Rattle in the Royal Albert Hall two years ago. Olivia said: “I practise formally four times a week, but in truth I am singing all the time and it’s not just about developing the voice, but learning about pronunciation, intonation, acting and very importantly staying healthy, fit and strong.

Olivia has already been offered a place to study Voice at the RNCM in September, achieving a long-held ambition to study at the prestigious music centre after finishing her A Levels.

John Daly, 16, is the Head Boy at the King’s School Boys’ Division in Macclesfield and has just been selected for the third successive year for the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, spending all day Saturday working on piano lessons, improvisation, composition classes and with the JRNCM’s jazz band.

He said: “I practise both my instruments every day, achieved my grade 8 with distinction in the piano in December 2015 and am hoping to get the same in the clarinet shortly. I was also a keen rower with the North Staffs club on Lake Rudyard but I’ve just had to give that up for now as I prepare for my GCSEs. I love playing jazz greats like Bill Evans but also get just as much pleasure playing Chopin, Haydn or Beethoven. I haven’t decided whether I want to be a professional musician yet, because I am also very interested in studying medicine.”

King’s Director of Music Ian Crawford said: “King’s is blessed with some astonishingly talented and hard working young musicians that it is a joy to teach and better still hear perform.”