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12-year-old talented musician to perform for first time at festival

PUBLISHED: 11:15 25 June 2018

Polly Chan who is performing at the Southwold Arts Festival. Picture: Saint Felix School

Polly Chan who is performing at the Southwold Arts Festival. Picture: Saint Felix School

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For some, performing on stage in front of an audience for the first time would be a frightening experience, but not for one young musician from Suffolk.

James Harrison, headteacher at Saint Felix, who is giving a talk about Boudicca. Picture: Saint Felix SchoolJames Harrison, headteacher at Saint Felix, who is giving a talk about Boudicca. Picture: Saint Felix School

Polly Chan, 12, is a Year 8 pupil at Saint Felix School and as part of Southwold Arts Festival’s Young Musicians Showcase, she will be performing on stage tomorrow, June 26.

A lover of rock and jazz, with musical influences as varied as Miles Davis and AC/DC, this will be her first time performing on stage.

She will perform a selection of pieces on the trumpet and the piano at the lunchtime concert.

She said: “My musical taste is quite varied and these musicians in particular really inspire me to be a better performer, play in front of people with confidence and passion.”

Taking up the piano at the age of five, she has since attained Grade 7 with distinction. At the age of eight, she added the trumpet to her repertoire and has recently taken her Grade 6 exam alongside taking up the drums.

Practising for two hours a day, her ambitions are firmly in a career in music, either as a performer or as a producer.

She is the youngest performer in the Young Musicians Showcase, and is a member of both Aldeburgh Young Musicians and the North Suffolk Youth Concert Band.

She said: “I’m really excited to be playing to people who have paid to come and hear me. The music department at school has been really supportive and my playing has come on enormously since I have been a pupil there.”

Polly will perform at the United Reformed Church, Southwold, at 1.15pm and follows on from Saint Felix headmaster James Harrison’s talk about Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni, at Southwold Arts Centre at 11am.

The fifth iteration of the festival opened with a street festival and a sea-themed parade in the middle of the town.

Tickets for both events and the rest of the Southwold Arts Festival series are available online at www.southwoldartsfestival.co.uk, or from the box office at Southwold Arts Centre on Cumberland Road.


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