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Young musician gets cash boost

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 05, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Wilkinson store manager Brian Beardmore and Georgina Bloomfield, aged 10.

  • Wilkinsons store manager Brian Beardmore and Georgina Bloomfield aged 10.

  • Georgina Bloomfield aged 10.

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A YOUNG musician has been given a generous Christmas present by staff at a Leek business.

Up-and-coming musician Georgina Broomfield, aged 10, has been awarded with this year's regional Local Star donation of £1,500 by Wilkinson to help towards her career as a violinist.

The youngster, who used to live in Blackshaw Moor, near Leek, and now lives in Buxton, first started to play the violin when she was only five, after forever trying to play her violin teacher mum's instrument.

Wilkinson Leek manager Brian Beardmore presented Georgina with the cheque.

He said: "Georgina is a very gifted child and we are pleased that the Leek store has been able to award her this year's Local Star donation."

Georgina, who has passed her Grade Seven in violin with distinction, said: "I feel really happy because I have lots of lessons in violin and also piano and singing.

"My favourite tune to play on the violin is Gluck Melody. I would like to be a violinist on the big stages in London when I grow up."

Georgina, who attends Beech Hall School in Macclesfield, added: "I would like to say thank you so much to everyone at Wilkinson in Leek for letting me be their local star.

"I enjoyed meeting them all. They were really nice."

Georgina has recently played for the Duchess of Kent in London, taken part in a charity concert in Birmingham, performed with the Daleian Singers of Newcastle-under-Lyme, and also been entertaining elderly residents at local care homes.

Georgina's mum, Helen, added: "Georgina is a fabulous violinist, much better than me even at the age of 10.

"She has just got into the National Children's Orchestra for the fourth year running and we are very proud of her."

Helen added: "This donation is amazing. It's very generous and I think the Wilkinson Local Star initiative is very worthwhile. This will make a huge difference for us."

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