Royal Academy of Music place for Perse Prep pupil
30 Apr 2021
Francesca He (Year 4) has been offered a place at the Royal Academy of Music after impressing on not one, but two instruments.
From September, she will travel to London every Saturday to receive tuition in both violin, her principal instrument, as well as piano after being accepted on to the Royal Academy of Music’s Primary Academy programme.
Francesca will also get the chance to play in ensembles with other talented young musicians taking part in the scheme.
She said: “I wasn’t sure if I could get into the Royal Academy, so I’m very happy to get a place and I’m really excited about it.
“I enjoy playing music because it lets you express yourself without any words. With violin, I like playing loud pieces, but with piano, I prefer more calm pieces.”
Francesca began playing both instruments while at The Perse Pelican, starting with violin in Year 1 and followed by piano in Year 2.
Under the tuition of Director of Music Paul Harris, she has continued to develop her musical skills at the Prep, playing both instruments in assemblies and violin with the school orchestra.
On piano, she enjoyed success earlier this year in her first-ever competition, the illustrious Young Euregio International Awards, held online this year, finishing a fantastic third in category A for children aged seven to 10.
Francesca, who would love to be a violin soloist, now cannot wait to pursue her interests at the Royal Academy of Music.
She said: “I’m really looking forward to practising with my teachers every week at the Royal Academy and being in an exciting musical environment.”
On Francesca’s achievement, Prep Head James Piper said: “In a school brimming with some outstanding musicians, we are delighted that Francesca has gained a place at the Royal Academy of Music. This coveted place is a real honour and we look forward to seeing Francesca’s music go from strength to strength!”