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Lauren, from Truro, started learning the violin when she was four years old and is clearly passionate about her music. She plays in the Truro High Orchestra and will take her music GCSE next summer.

Players are selected for the NCCO by audition and have to have acquired a minimum Grade 7 exam to be eligible. After selection, all orchestra members attend a residential course which will take place in Hertfordshire at Easter next year.

The orchestra is conducted by David Johnston and is said to be characterised by its musical flair and the speed at which new repertoire is learnt. The first performance takes place at the end of the course.

"Lauren works hard and thoroughly deserves this success," said Headmistress Caroline Pascoe. "We have an exceptionally strong music department that regularly produces brilliant students who carry on playing and singing either professionally or for personal enjoyment long after they have left us. I have no doubt that Lauren will love her time with the NCCO and that she will gain a huge amount from this once in a lifetime experience."

Please click here for the press clipping from the West Briton 06 January 2011 pg 15

Please click here for the press clipping from the Packet 29 December 2010 pg 10

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