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Mount Junior Pupil Is Harrogate’s U19 Violin Champion

An 11 year old York pupil took a top prize for U19s at the region’s major music festival over the weekend.

Isabella Watson at The Mount Junior School won the prestigious Robert Charters trophy for U19 Violin at the Harrogate Competitive Festival for Music, Speech & Drama on Saturday, for her performance of the 1st movement of JS Bach’s Concerto in A Minor.

Seasoned winner

Isabella is no stranger to the festival’s winners’ podium, having first competed – and won – when she was only four years old.

As well as playing violin for school, Isabella plays in the National Children’s Orchestra, which she says she very much enjoys for the courses as well as a way of meeting lots of new friends.

Head of The Mount Junior School, Rachel Capper, said today, “Isabella is a shining talent and we are delighted to celebrate her achievement with her. The children are all genuinely happy for her, and inspired to see one of their peers do so well on such a public stage. Music at The Mount Junior School is taught by specialist teachers, and we aim to nurture an appreciation of music in all of its forms. Performing Arts help pupils to communicate their thoughts, ideas and self-expression and are a key part of our curriculum.”

Trophy for U19 Violin HCFMSD
Robert Charters Trophy for U19 Violin at the Harrogate Competitive Festival for Music, Speech and Drama

Pictured: Isabella with her violin; the Robert Charters trophy