A young musician from Cornwall has won a prestigious place in the National Children's Orchestra. Emma Murray, who won a music scholarship to Polwhele House School in Truro will play the viola for the acclaimed orchestra.
Cornwall's Emma Murray was among more than 800 children nationwide, aged seven to 14, who auditioned for one of the five age-banded orchestras.
BBC Cornwall's Matt Pengelly went along to meet the young musician, click on the link below to hear the report:
Emma, previously a pupil of St Neot Primary School, will benefit from high-class tuition at a week-long residential course in August. This will conclude with a concert given to parents and friends.
Emma is delighted with the news
She will also take part in an NCO gala concert for all five orchestras at Birmingham Symphony Hall on 30 August 2008.
She is hoping her performance this year will help elevate her into the main orchestra in subsequent years. Last year the main orchestra, which performs concerts up and down the country, enjoyed a trip to China. This year it will visit the Italian island of Ischia in the Tyrrhenian Sea.
"I am very much looking forward to a wonderful opportunity to improve my playing and make new friends,” said Emma, who also plays the violin and piano and sings in the Polwhele House choir.
"She is an extremely talented and versatile young musician who has been at the forefront of our newly reformed school orchestra, who will be playing in our own spring concert," said Headmaster Mr Jo Mason.
"Emma has a great passion for music and we are all very proud of her. I am sure she will derive great benefit from a very enriching experience with the national orchestra."
Find out more about the orchestra on the link below:
last updated: 20/02/2008 at 13:14