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19 April 2013 / HRH THE DUCHESS OF GLOUCESTER OPENS PIRAN PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE

As the youngest member of Truro High's Prep School Choir, Miriam had the honour of presenting the royal visitor with a bouquet of flowers. What she didn't expect, though, was to be asked by the Duchess if she could help pull the chord unveiling the official plaque.

Giggling with delight Miriam, from Truro, performed her task beautifully.

"I think she did really well - as did all the girls who performed for the Duchess," said Headteacher Caroline Pascoe. "This is a very proud day for all of us."

The Duchess spent 45 minutes touring the new building which cost in excess of £750,000 to build and which includes a large music classroom equipped with state of the art computer systems, a suite of individual music rooms, a 70 seat theatre, associated back stage areas and a drama classroom. The project was partially financed by Barclays Bank.

Tristan Bourdeaux, Barclays Business Manager, Truro, said: "We're proud to support Truro High School, an independent girls school which has a crucial role in Truro's community and Cornwall's wider educational offering. This funding demonstrates our appetite and ability to work closely with customers such as this to support their ambition in providing first class educational facilities, which we hope can be enjoyed by students both now and in the future."

During her visit, the Duchess listened to the Prep School Choir singing ‘Any Dream Will Do', watched sixth form musicians Lauren Bose and Emmeline Downer practising and watched a scene from ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream' performed by Olivia Riley, Lowenna Ovens, Savannah Hall, Anni Wilde, Phoebe Reynolds and Freya Bickford. She was also entertained by the school's samba band.

Photo (By Bernie Pettersen):

The Duchess meets some of the pupils



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