Posted: 26 November, 2019

A Day in the Life of a Sixth Former – Mio

Alumnae, Interview, Music, Sixth Form

Mio studied for A Levels in Music, Psychology and
pre-U Mandarin. She has taken up a Music Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music.

“I am a violinist, and typically my morning would begin with String Ensemble in the Elgar Room.

This Spring I was lucky enough to be awarded 2nd prize in the Premio Francesco Geminiani competition in Verona, Italy. I was the youngest musician to compete, and my prize was the use of the ‘Dante and Alfredo Guastalla (1936)’ violin on loan. It is a privilege to play it.

I would usually have two study periods a day, where I would either do private study in the library or practise violin in the Music Department. I enjoyed reading articles in Mandarin about the Rural-Urban Gap in China as part of the topic on Equality of Opportunity. In Psychology we learnt about the influence of early attachments on future relationships.

Break times were usually spent in the Sixth Form Diner and twice a week at lunchtime, I would have senior choir which was always great fun.

There were also String Quartet rehearsals once a week and rehearsals for Symphony Orchestra take place after school. I also made time for composing in the music lab using Sibelius on the Macs.”

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