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Manchester High School for Girls

A Noteworthy Cellist

As the daughter of two professional musicians, 15-year-old Jessica, was destined to be passionate about music, and it looks like she may be following in their footsteps having just received Distinction in her Grade 8 Cello exam.

The Year 11 student has been playing the string instrument since she was 8 and already plays in the Hallé Youth Orchestra as well as the School Orchestra.  She said, “My parents both play in a professional orchestra with Mum playing the violin and Dad, the Cor Anglais, so I have grown up surrounded by music.”  She continued, “I would love to study at a conservatoire once I have completed my studies although I am also still considering becoming an agricultural vet!”

Indeed, farming is also in her blood, and Jessica has enjoyed many happy hours helping her Grandfather out on his farm in mid-Wales during the lambing season. Even since his retirement, she has continued to help a family friend out on their farm, venturing into fields in the cold and wet to help deliver lambs. 

Whilst the two careers are worlds apart, Jessica believes that she does not have to choose between the two and that qualifying firstly as a vet would give her more security to follow in her passion for music. Whether she chooses Schubert or sheep is still to be determined, but either way we have no doubt that her future will be noteworthy.