Teenager from Chatteris is awarded a place at prestigious Royal Academy of Music Junior Academy
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A talented teenager from Chatteris is one step closer to turning her dream into a reality as she is the first harp player from East Cambridgeshire to be awarded a place at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Academy.
Bonnie Scott, 15, who plays the harp, will take up her place in London this September and will be attending every Saturday.
The Witchford Village College head girl could possibly also be the first harpist in the whole of Cambridgeshire to get a place at the prestigious academy.
Bonnie has been playing the harp since she was a Year 6 pupil at Doddington’s Lionel Walden School.
Her family have financed both Bonnie and her younger sister, 13-year-old Rosie’s harp-playing.
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The young sisters have a string of success behind them including winning the Emile Lewis Rose bowl for the harp ensemble class in the Cambridge Competitive Music Festival.
They have also competed in the Peterborough Music Festival and won the duet class receiving distinction standard and have medals from the East Anglian Harp Festival where they both won trophies.
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Proud mother, Nyree, said: “Bonnie may be the first musician in Fenland for a very long time to go to the Junior Academy there and definitely first harpist East Cambs to be awarded a place there.
“We are checking out whether she is the first harpist in all of Cambridgeshire to get in too.
“Bonnie is indebted to the support she has received over the last three years from Aldeburgh Young Musicians. She started harp lessons with local harp teacher Ms Rohan Platts when she was in primary school and now receives lessons with Miriam Keogh in London.
“Bonnie also attends the Fenland Music Centre and regularly plays her harp to raise money for Charities in particular Addenbrookes Hospital.
“She also plays the electric harp.”
The sisters are Aldeburgh Young Musicians and Rosie is the lead harpist in the National Children’s Orchestra.
They are also members of the Cambridgeshire Harp Ensemble and Fenland Music Centre.