Young violinist gains another award

A PROMISING young violinist who has displayed remarkable talent has added another award to a growing list of prizes. Twelve-year-old Victoria Goldsmith took the honours as Colchester Rotary Club's musician of the year competition.

A PROMISING young violinist who has displayed remarkable talent has added another award to a growing list of prizes.

Twelve-year-old Victoria Goldsmith took the honours as Colchester Rotary Club's musician of the year competition.

Held over a two week period, the festival of music and dance attracted many competitors in its events, with musician of the year taking centre stage on Saturday.

Miss Goldsmith beat off the challenge of some older competitors, including runner-up, Toby Napletona 19-year-old pianist studying at the Colchester Institute.


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Miss Goldsmith was already a well-known performer in the Colchester area and earlier this year she spoke to the East Anglian Daily Times about her dream of becoming a "phenomenal" violinist.

The Phillip Morant pupil puts hours of practice in every day and is now looking forward to this summer's BBC Young Musician's competition.

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Her father, Iain Goldsmith, said: "It really builds up her confidence as she had some stiff opposition there.

"It's going very well. The handful of silver she won certainly helps as her lessons are £500 a month."

Closing the festival, Rotary district governor Ray Burman paid tribute to the skill and talent of all the performers, and the support from parents, friends and teachers. He also thanked Colchester Institute for the facilities for the event.

Miss G is due to play her first London solo performance at St John's Square on November 4.

The family is hoping a charity will support the event – anyone interested should call Mr Goldsmith on 07764 211117.

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