Ripon student impresses judges after playing TWO instruments at Harrogate competition

A student from NORTH Yorkshire wowed the judges at a regional competition after her mastery of two instruments.

Ripon Grammar School student Katherine Wedgner’s performance on both oboe and piano won her the Elizabeth Hopkins Trophy in the Virtuoso Class at the Harrogate Competitive Festival.

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After performing two plays well above Grade 8 level, she was thrilled to pick up the trophy but “didn’t think” she was going to win.

Kathrine, 17, from the Netherlands, said: “The standards were very high, I thought the others were so good.”

Katherine is now working towards her piano and oboe diplomas having reached Year 8 levels in both while studying Maths, Geography and Chemistry at A level.

Music director Michael Barker of Ripon Grammar School said it was “an incredible achievement”.

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He added: “The plays Katherine chose were way above grade 8 level. It shows incredible versatility to play two instruments at such a high level.”

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