Violinist shares bill with pop princess

A SCHOOLGIRL will be the envy of her classmates on Monday when she performs on the same bill as pop-princess Christina Aguilera.Classically trained violinist, Victoria Goldsmith, 13, of Stanway, Colchester, will join the controversial pop star, whose hits include Dirrty and Beautiful, and perform at the opening of Harrods' summer sale.

A SCHOOLGIRL will be the envy of her classmates on Monday when she performs on the same bill as pop-princess Christina Aguilera.

Classically trained violinist, Victoria Goldsmith, 13, of Stanway, Colchester, will join the controversial pop star, whose hits include Dirrty and Beautiful, and perform at the opening of Harrods' summer sale.

The former Young Musician of the Year finalist was handpicked by store boss Mohammed Al Fayed after she impressed one of his personal assistants at a recital in London last year.

Proud dad Iain said: “Victoria's very excited. She's done so well. We're all very pleased.

“This all came about after she met Mr Al Fayed and he personally asked her to play at the sale. We've had to keep it a bit hush-hush.

“She's obviously heard of Christina Aguilera and she has a few of her records, but generally she listens mostly to classical music, preferring Handel or Mozart.”

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The Philip Morant pupil, who has been playing the violin since she was six, will be whisked to a private flat above the Knightsbridge store on Sunday night after taking part in the Essex Young Musician competition in Ongar.

The next morning she will play Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee as bargain hunters descend upon the world famous store.

She will then have breakfast with Miss Aguilera and the Harrods boss before returning home.

Victoria's success can be put down to a combination of hard work and a gruelling practice schedule.

Rising at the crack of dawn she plays for an hour before breakfast and then for another three hours after school, scarcely giving her time to tackle her homework before going to bed.

It seems that the practice has paid off as the appearance comes in the middle of a very busy time for the talented youngster.

Last week she performed at Lambeth Palace and yesterday evening appeared at a Barnardo's charity event at the Royal Albert Hall.

Next month she will play at the Colchester Institute gala concert, followed by five appearances in the US.

Earlier this year, she was a top ten prizewinner at the 'Violin Olympics' - the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition at the Royal Academy of Music.

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