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Guitar prodigy wins place in national ensemble after gruelling audition

Rugby Editorial 3rd Apr, 2019   0

A GIFTED guitar prodigy has been invited to join a national ensemble, following a successful audition.

Faye Hollingworth, a Year 11 student at Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College, has been invited to join the National Youth Guitar Ensemble (NYGE), which gives aspiring and gifted classical guitarists the chance to be trained and inspired by world-class tutors.

At the auditions, Faye was given a quick study piece with 20 minutes to prepare before performing in front of the audition panel.

She was then asked to play a solo piece of her own choice equivalent to the minimum standard of Grade 5 or above. This was followed by an interview to find out more about her interest in music and passion for the guitar.




She also took part in an ensemble audition with other applicants, to assess how well she could perform as part of a group and respond to the NYGE Musical Director’s coaching.

Faye said she was nervous before the auditions, but ended up enjoying the whole experience.


Faye studies both GCSE Music and Music Technology, and learns classical guitar with Steve George from Warwickshire Music Service.

She plays in the County Guitar Ensemble and the Warwickshire Youth Jazz Orchestra, and can also often be found playing gigs in the Rugby area with Stan Bryan.

She is about to take her Grade 7 contemporary guitar exam. Faye’s future ambition is to study guitar at a Conservatoire.

Her head teacher Alison Davies said: “Faye is a wonderful example of a student who embodies our performing arts ethos, and it is lovely to her about her success.

“Faye is a very talented guitarist who has a bright future ahead of her.”

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