A PETER Symonds College student has been appointed as the new leader of a prestigious orchestra.

Violinist Rose Gosney, 17, is the new leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO).

She said: “I am so thrilled to have been chosen as the leader; it came as a wonderful surprise, and I am genuinely looking forward to this incredible journey.”

A former pupil of Hounsdown School, Rose is currently working towards her A-Levels at Peter Symonds College in Winchester as part of the Hampshire Specialist Music Course (HSMC).

Rose's formal musical training began under the guidance of Anca Campanie in Southampton. 

She later studied at the renowned Yehudi Menuhin School, with Akiko Ono, and continued her musical studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Lorraine McAslan.

Rose’s previous career highlights include performing with Nicola Benedetti and Alexei Grynyuk in a Royal Gala Concert to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Yehudi Menuhin. 

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Hampshire Chronicle: Rose GosneyRose Gosney (Image: Contributed)

She has also recently performed alongside pianist Sam Haywood and clarinettist Katherine Spencer in this year’s Solent Music Festival. Further accolades include being twice awarded the Leverhulme Trust Scholarship by the National Children's Orchestra, and winning first prize in the prestigious Music At Beaulieu Award.

In January, she will lead the NYO in Strauss's An Alpine Symphony under the baton of conductor Mark Elder at the Barbican. Additionally, in August, Rose will be at the BBC Proms, leading NYO in Mahler's Symphony No.1.

Local music enthusiasts will have the opportunity to hear Rose's playing firsthand on Saturday November 25 where she will be performing the Bruch Violin Concerto with conductor Phillip Daish-Handy and his professional orchestra Nova Foresta Classical Players. 

This concert will be held at St Thomas’ Church in Lymington High Street and tickets can be purchased online at novaforestaclassicalplayers.com.