A Bradford pupil is celebrating her success in gaining a place at the largest specialist music school in the UK and the only one in the North of England.
Phoebe Mallinson, 11, a pupil at Cullingworth and a member of Bradford Council’s Delius School, will be joining the prestigious Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester in September. Phoebe follows her sister, Freya, who has been a pupil at the school in Manchester since 2014.
Phoebe has been playing the cornet for two years and recently moved onto flugel horn in the last year. She is part of the Bradford Music Education Hub’s Bradford Youth Brass Band, BD1 Brass Band, Yorkshire Youth Band and the National Children’s brass band of Great Britain. She also plays trumpet in the Bradford Youth Orchestra who toured in Italy last year.
Her favourite performance was coming second at the national brass band championships in Cheltenham in 2016.
Phoebe’s mum, Colette, said: “We will really miss Phoebe when she starts at Chetham’s in September but this is a chance of a lifetime, and we are delighted that she will have the same opportunity as Freya, her older sister.
“Bradford Council’s Music & Arts Service has made a huge difference in Phoebe’s playing especially Delius school which is a monthly school where Phoebe gained the skills for composition and other performance skills.”
Felicity French, Assistant Head of Bradford Council’s Music & Arts Service, said: “We are delighted that Phoebe, another pupil of the Delius School and one of the district’s schools, has gained a place at this prestigious establishment.
“The Delius School was set up by the Music & Arts Service. It meets once a month on a Sunday morning and offers the most talented young musicians in primary schools, across the district, the chance to develop their skills in all areas of music, while discovering exciting new activities. At the monthly classes, students take part in workshops which enrich their musical experience.”
Coun Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Education, Employment and Skills, said: “This is yet another example of the talented pupils we have in our district. It is a real achievement for Phoebe and I would like to congratulate her on her success and wish her the very best on her learning journey.”