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Classical Star: Harry plays the Clarinet

Classical Star

The contestants

The 18 second-round contestants featured in the opening programme range from the ages of 12 to 19, and play a wide array of instruments from wind, string, brass and piano – including a bassoon, guitar and saxophone.


All are exceptionally talented and there are some really strong personalities, excellent stories and unbridled enthusiasm to bring classical music to a wide audience and become the next Classical Star.


Harry Cameron-Penny – Clarinet


Nineteen-year-old Harry is the principle clarinettist of the London Schools Symphony orchestra and is a very flamboyant character who dreams of a recording career. His parents were both professional musicians who tried to steer him clear of music as a career, but his love for the clarinet won through.

Verity Thirkettle 
Classical Star: Verity plays the Harp


Verity Thirkettle – Harp


Nineteen-year-old Verity has played the harp for 10 years and is already in demand to tour and perform with orchestras. When she's not busy lugging her harp around, she enjoys practising yoga.

Danielle Audley-Wiltshier 
Classical Star: Danielle plays the Trumpet


Danielle Audley-Wiltshier – Trumpet


Thirteen-year-old Danielle started playing a musical instrument at the age of four, when she found her dad's old cornet when her grandmother was having a clear out. She also loves sports and shopping, and has a varied musical taste including a passion for techno and rock music.

Anke Batty 
Classical Star: Anke plays the Clarinet


Anke Batty – Clarinet


Anke is 18-years-old and a member of the National Youth Orchestra – she also plays the piano and sings. A very focused young lady who is studying law at university.

Ben Westlake 
Classical Star: Ben plays the Clarinet


Ben Westlake – Clarinet


Ben is 14-years-old and loves the clarinet because he feels it sounds so natural – almost like an extension of the human voice. Ben would either like to become a solo performer or a conductor, and has won awards for his playing. In his spare time he loves playing cricket and tennis.

Karen Geoghegan 
Classical Star: Karen plays the Bassoon


Karen Geoghegan – Bassoon


Nineteen-year-old Karen would love to show the world the bassoon as a solo instrument, because it is not very well known. If she couldn't be a musician she would be a mathematician, and she is a big fan of tennis star Roger Federer.

Robert Torrance 
Classical Star: Robert plays the Violin


Robert Torrance – Violin


Nineteen-year-old Robert cuts a fine figure at 6ft 3in and has been playing for 13 years. When not in a concert hall, he can be found indulging in his other passion on the football pitch. Robert is studying psychology at university so is an expert in juggling his time to keep up his music practice.

Jeanine Thorpe 
Classical Star: Jeanine plays the Violin


Jeanine Thorpe – Violin


Jeanine is 18, studies at the Royal College of Music and has always wanted to be a solo concert performer and recording artist. Although she is from a non-musical family, she couldn’t imagine life without her violin and is in her element when performing.

Lavinia Redman 
Classical Star: Lavinia plays the Oboe


Lavinia Redman – Oboe


At the age of 12, Lavinia is one of the youngest contestants. She has only been playing for three-and-a-half years but has already reached top standard and even won a few competitions. She also loves drama, dancing and cycling. However, music is her first love.

Catherine Robb 
Classical Star: Catherine plays the Double Bass


Catherine Robb – Double Bass


The double bass is not the easiest of instruments to specialise in, but 17-year-old Catherine loves a challenge. She enjoys playing the double bass because it is an instrument of mystery, and she wants to show the world what it can do. She has named her double bass Maximilliano because she loves it so much!

Emil Huckle-Kleve 
Classical Star: Emil plays the Violin


Emil Huckle-Kleve – Violin


Seventeen-year-old Emil has been playing the violin and piano since he was six-years-old. He loves many styles of music including Muse and Queen. Aside from music, Emil also loves playing and watching football.

Benjamin MacDougall 
Classical Star: Benjamin plays the Flute


Benjamin MacDougall – Flute


Ben is 19 and is a scholar at the Royal College of Music. He is very keen on taking music out to people. He thrives on performing and always had an ambition to become a soloist and recording artist. Ben loves the outdoors, loves walking in his native Lakeland fells and is a very keen mountain biker.

Victoria Goldsmith 
Classical Star: Victoria plays the Violin


Victoria Goldsmith – Violin


Victoria is 16 and started playing when she was six-and-half years old. She has already won several competitions. Victoria studies in Moscow and loves to compete – thriving on the pressure to perform.

Emily Hooker 
Classical Star: Emily plays the Piano


Emily Hooker – Piano


Eighteen-year-old Emily was introduced to the piano at the age of six and fell in love with the sound. She has a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music and is also a keen tennis player – if she weren't a musician she would love to be a sports commentator.

Tyler Rix 
Classical Star: Tyler plays the Saxophone


Tyler Rix – Saxophone


Tyler is 14-years-old and has played the saxophone since the age of nine. He is also a talented footballer – having been signed to West Ham at the age of eight – and was on this year's winning team for the English Schools FA National Cup.

Stella Cho 
Classical Star: Stella plays the Cello


Stella Cho – Cello


When 16-year-old Stella first came to England many years ago, she loved the fact that she could communicate through music as she learned the language. She now performs as a guest soloist at the Royal Albert Hall and would love to become a solo performer.

Sophie Cashell 
Classical Star: Sophie plays the Piano


Sophie Cashell – Piano


Sophie is 19 and studies at the Royal Academy of Music. She loves all kinds of music but has a particular passion for indie and Irish singer/songwriters. Her siblings are all musical and this familial conviviality is expressed through her playing. She also loves reading and writing poetry.

Ian Watt 
Classical Star: Ian plays the Guitar


Ian Watt


Sixteen-year-old Ian was inspired to play the guitar by Dire Straits and The Beatles. He played many styles before falling in love with the classical guitar. A lad of many guises, he also loves golf and Pink Panther movies.






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