Young violin stars pluck national award at festival

Two young Buxton violinists have received an award at the prestigious National Festival of Music for Youth in Birmingham.

Katie and Rebecca Marrow are both students at St Thomas More School, and are taught violin by Jason Curteis.

Judges presented them with the prize for performance practice, describing them as a “superb duo”, showing “real musical intelligence and a mastery of the music” in their “superbly crafted” performance.

Katie said: “We are so lucky to live in Buxton where there are countless opportunities for young people to make music together, and the standard of ensemble and orchestral playing is incredible in comparison to much of the rest of the country.”

This is the sixth time since 2010 that Jason’s students have been invited to perform at the National Festival, receiving awards on four occasions.

Young musicians in Buxton owe much of their success to the support of Peak District Music Centres, who have taken several ensembles to a national level of competition.

Katie and Rebecca both play in the Peak District String Orchestra, who were invited to play at the Royal Albert Hall in 2015 after winning an innovation award at the Music for Youth National Festival.