Sonya’s in tune with English life
GIFTED refugee Sonya Petrova, 12, sang in choirs before she and mum Tetania fled Odesa .
They drove through Romania and Germany before arriving in
April. After impressing at an audition,
Sonya has won a place at
Purcell School for Young
Musicians in Hertfordshire, where she will board until 16.
Sonya is currently staying with Becky Ladell, 41, and her husband Luke, and goes to school with their children Ava, 13 and Euan, 12.
Sonya – also a budding pianist, got free coaching from tutors in Arnside before the audition and has won a place at the National Youth Music Theatre’s summer school. She said: “I like England.”