Phoebe Jo Harty
16-year-old cellist Phoebe Jo from Chorley, Lancashire, will use the funding to attend music camps where she will be tutored by some of the world’s leading cello players in the folk genre.
It will also help towards the cost of renting a high quality cello and bow to support her on-going musical development.
Phoebe Jo, who also plays the saxophone, plays with the National Youth Folk Ensemble, the Bolton Youth Orchestra and her school jazz band. She also performs in a band with fellow NYFE members, Don’t Feed the Peacocks.
She has achieved the ABRSM Grade 5 award with distinction on the cello and is working towards taking the Grade 8 practical and Grade 5 theory exam as well as tutoring young students with a view to a career as a cello teacher.
Phoebe Jo said:
“The award will mean that I can go to folk music camps where I can meet and play with other amazing musicians and cellists who can flavour my sound and make me so much better and more interesting as a player.
“It has opened up so many opportunities that would be otherwise impossible, such as attending camps in Australia, and I am so excited to make the most of it and honoured to be given the chance to!”