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NEWA Violinist Talent Shines

Posted on: 8th November 2021

NEWA violinist talent

A sixth form student at Ormiston NEW Academy is being recognised nationally for her incredible musicianship.

Alethea Parsons has played the violin since she was eight years old and is recently the only young musician from Wolverhampton to have been nominated to the National Youth Orchestra Inspire programme in 2022. Along with other musicians, Alethea will act as an ambassador and encourage young people to get into music.

In collaboration with Wolverhampton Music Service she receives weekly violin lessons at NEWA and is currently studying grade 8 violin, alongside her final year of BTEC and A level studies. She hopes to attend the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, a conservatoire located in Cardiff and ultimately become a professional musician.

As well as having lessons at NEWA, students might have spotted Alethea’s talents in the annual showcase events and prospective parents will have seen her playing in reception at the recent open events. Away from Academy life, Alethea plays with a Wolverhampton orchestra and will be working with the Stringcredibles, an independent string quartet of City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) musicians who came together to deliver work that supports the connection between musicians and audiences, mostly in schools and community settings.

Alethea enjoys playing Bach and cites David Garrett, a professional violinist, as one of her inspirations.

Principal, Craig Cooling, said: “Alethea is a total inspiration for our school community. She wants to be the best and I have no doubt that she’ll achieve her goal of playing with a touring orchestra. It’s been delightful to watch her grow as a student and a musician, and now in her final year, we are preparing her for life beyond NEWA. She makes us all incredibly proud.”

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