Leeds musician's top marks

Talented teenage cellist Joanna Twaddle is making the right kind of noises in the world of music.

The 14-year-old from Guiseley is one of the youngest members of the 170-strong National Youth Orchestra (NYO) and achieved one of the highest marks in the country when she passed her grade eight cello exam.

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Now the Bradford Grammar School pupil is looking forward to performing in her native city at the Town Hall on Saturday, January 8.

Both her brothers, violinist Michael, 18, and 17-year-old viola player Christopher have performed with the NYO with Michael leading the orchestra last year.

And her sister Sarah, 12, plays the violin - just like mum Clare.

Joanne, who has played the cello since she was five, said: "I was inspired by Jacqueline du Pr - one of the world's greatest cellists. I just wanted to try something different."

NYO courses have taken her to concert dates in Blackpool, Durham and Birmingham and last year she played at the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

Joanna, who also plays hockey, added: "I do love playing the cello. I'd rather be a cellist or a doctor, but I am not sure just yet."

NYO director of communications James Murphy said: "What are they putting in the water in Leeds? Her brothers have been in the NYO and when Joanna applied we thought: 'Wow, another Twaddle'.

"We have high hopes for her for the future."

Stephen Blake of the CMA  Photo: Vikki Ellis

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