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Manchester High School for Girls


A young singing sensation, 16-year-old Ceferina Penny, has triumphed at the 2017 Alderley Edge Festival by scooping five top trophies for her vocal performances and the ‘Overall Festival Prize for Best Musical Performance’.

She won all her categories, two of which were open to adults, with an ‘Outstanding’ score. Ceferina appeared at the festival finale and has now been selected to represent the festival at the biannual ‘North West Regional Championship’ on 16th September 2017.

The Manchester High School for Girls student has been singing since she was in primary school and aspires to study music at a conservatoire and, ultimately, become a professional opera singer.

Ceferina said: “I was amazed to be awarded the festival prize for best musical performance. Since the age of ten, I have competed at Alderley Edge, seen people win the top trophy and wondered whether I could ever achieve such recognition.

“Music is a big part of my life; I take singing lessons at the Junior RNCM every Saturday and I also play the piano. I love opera and listen to it all the time.

“At MHSG, we are lucky to have such a great Music Department; they are very talented and dedicated, and provide us with lots of opportunities to perform both in groups and solo. My biggest performance to date is singing at the Bridgewater Hall at our Celebration and Awards evening after winning the school’s annual Warburton competition; it was an incredible feeling.”

Ceferina is studying Music, Physics, Chemistry and Spanish at AS-level in the Sixth Form of Manchester High. However, she is already visiting conservatoires around the country and preparing for this autumn’s auditions to secure an offer to study music after her A-levels.

She concluded: “Everything I am focusing on now is already gearing up towards a career in opera singing. It’s all I can ever imagine doing in the future!”