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Pitsford School Year 10 pupil, Laura Bullen, is celebrating after having finished in third place in two categories at the Wellingborough Rotary Festival of Music which took place between 4 and 11 March.

On Tuesday 8 March, Laura played Duo 1 by Pleyel on the violin in the Intermediate Strings 2 Class before playing Palladio by Karl Jenkins, Skyfall by Adele, and Pachelbel's Canon in the Senior Strings section on Thursday 10 March.

14-year old Laura, who joined Pitsford School in Year 7, started learning the violin when she was in Year 2.  As well as being first violinist in the Senior Strings and a member of the Concert Orchestra at the Wellingborough Music and Arts Centre, Laura also sings in the choir and is a member of the ukulele group.

"Playing music enables me to express my feelings and I especially like playing with other musicians as part of an ensemble.  I'm working towards my Grade 5 music exam on the violin and have just started learning to play the piano.  I've played in every evening concert since I started at Pitsford School and was the Alastair Green Award Holder whilst in Year 7," said Laura.

Emma Walsh, Director of Music at Pitsford School commented: "Laura has made huge progress on the violin in the last three years and is a valuable member of Pitsford School's music department.  As Laura continues further up the school, I am hoping that she will act as a mentor for the younger musicians."