Brilliant violinist Georgina Bloomfield has earned a prestigious scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music. The Year 13 Sixth Form student achieved the top grades of four 9s, three 8s and three 7s in her GCSEs and is hoping for excellent A Levels grades this summer to secure her place at one of the country's leading colleges of music. Her course will cover intensive playing and practice with the opportunity to perform in the College's orchestra and their small groups, but also some academic study on the history of world music.
She was offered places at the London Conservatoires as well, but made the decision to go to RNCM because having studied there over the last few years she knows "the teaching is fabulous."
The daughter of a leading local violinist, Helen Bloomfield, who teaches violin, viola and piano, Georgina cannot even remember when she started to play. "I was just always around mum and copying her, but I had my first lesson at the age of five and was playing in local festivals at the age of six."
Georgina gained one of the highest marks possible in her grade 8 violin at the age of 11 and has won a string of top awards including the Roskill Medal at the Alderley Edge Festival, the Ruth Railton Prize when she was a member of the renowned National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain, and last year the Violin Prize for the RNCM Junior Department judged against the cream of young violinists. She has performed across the country in recitals and concerts. Her last concert before lockdown in March 2020 was for a fundraiser in Castle Bromwich. Georgina has spent this last year performing online for various projects including the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, where she has been a member for 3 years.
Georgina said: "I simply love music and enjoy performing in front of appreciative audiences. I would like to become a professional musician working in the pit for operas or ballets or in big orchestras. I very much hope that I will be able to play a lot of chamber music too"
She practices for an hour a day, every day, buy modestly says, "really I should do more" and is not averse to listening to modern pop alongside the classics. "I'm not that keen on heavy metal or traditional jazz really, but anything else I'll try." Naturally creative, Georgina also loves arts and crafts and walking in and around the panoramic hills above her hometown.
King's Director of Music Ian Crawford said: “Georgina is one of our most talented musicians and this latest honour is very much deserved. I have no doubt that she will flourish at the RNCM and go on to great things.”