Olivia hits all the high notes

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A POCKLINGTON School pupil is hitting the high notes following a string of musical successes.

Year 11 student Olivia Turner recently took part in the David Clover Festival of Singing, an annual event held in Sheffield. She competed in the Junior Recital Class and was selected with one other entrant to compete in the final the following day.

She then took part in the final of the recital class and won. Her prizes included £25, a trophy and a replica trophy to keep. She was also awarded the prestigious Edith Batty Salver for the most promising young female singer aged 15 or under.

The same weekend Olivia, 15, took part in the Cottingham Music Festival and won the Own Choice song class for 15 and 16 year-olds.

The teenager has wanted to be an opera singer from a young age and also plays a variety of musical instruments. She achieved Grade 8 singing last year, and is sitting Grade 8 clarinet, Grade 8 musical theatre and Grade 7 piano exams this term and will be taking her Grade 8 saxophone next Christmas. Olivia will be singing with the Pocklington School Choir in York Minster today, Thursday 10 February, in an independent schools’ concert in aid of the charity Home-Start York.

Her voice teacher at Pocklington School, Mrs Krystina Meinardi, said: “She has natural talent but is constantly striving to perfect her ever-increasing repertoire of very demanding pieces, where she has the ability to make the most difficult piece sound effortless.

“With her own single minded application and dedication Olivia is well on the way to succeeding in her ambition.”