Take a bow, young Rachel
A young Eden Terrace musician has success in her sights after winning a prestigious national scholarship.
Rachel Grimwood, 16, is one of seven teens to be awarded an Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Secondary School Scholarship.
The viola player was selected from musicians from all over the country who sent in their performances on DVD.
Scholars will get oneon-one lessons with orchestra section leaders in preparation for playing at a Kiwi Kapers education concert in October.
She will be working with principal violist Robert Ashworth.
She says she is “very excited” at the opportunity.
“It will be a good experience if I ever want to join a professional orchestra.”
The Epsom Girls Grammar student has played the viola for five years and plays in both the school orchestra and chamber orchestra.
She also plays violin and piano, composes her own contemporary music and sings in the school choir.
The year 12 student plans to study music at Auckland University.
Philharmonia education manager Lee Farley says the scholarships aim to give young musicians the chance to experience being a professional musican.
“Learning how to play in an orchestra is something completely different.
“They can’t learn that anywhere else.”
Mrs Farley says the standard of entries for this year’s scholarships was the highest since the programme started four years ago.
Scholars will be offered leadership roles at youth events such as the orchestral summer school.
Sound of success: Rachel Grimwood, 16, is the winner of an Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra scholarship.