Harpist Imogen performs for royalty

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MOST young musicians are happy to make it to the end of their recitals with a courteous round of applause from the audience and feeling safe in the knowledge they avoided any bum notes.

However, a Bury St Edmunds school pupil went one note higher when she performed in front of royalty.

County Upper student Imogen Ridge played the harp for the Duke of Kent when he visited Trinity College London last month.

She was selected as one of just three young soloists to showcase their musical talents for the duke during the visit, which was held at Guildhall.

At the end of her recital, the 14-year-old was given the chance to meet him.

Imogen is a grade six Trinity Guildhall harpist and an Aldeburgh Young Musician.

At County Upper, she is a member of the chamber choir, orchestra, string orchestra and a number of the school’s smaller ensembles.

Headteacher Vicky Neale said: “This was a real honour for Imogen.

“We are very proud of her and she is a great ambassador for our school.”

The Duke of Kent is patron to Trinity College London incorporating Trinity Guildhall, which is a leading external examinations board offering internationally respected qualifications across a range of disciplines in the performing and creative arts, arts education and English language learning and teaching.