Top talent at concert

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Young Market Deeping cellist Charlotte Lincoln has been selected from 1,000 applicants to study at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music in London.

She has studied cello under the guidance of Glenis Malkin, from Moulton, since she was eight years old and had to compete for her place in auditions featuring performers from all over the world.

Charlotte was among musicians aged from eight to 18 who performed in an annual concert at the Art Barn at Woodlands Farm, Kirton, near Boston.

The young performers all study either cello or piano with Mrs Malkin, and come from Boston, Spalding and Grantham for lessons at her music studio.

Some of the youngest performers had only had six lessons and amazed an audience of about 60 family and friends.

After the performances, which included music from Vivaldi to Lord of the Rings, the audience was treated to a short recital by Mrs Malkin’s son, David, a professional guitarist, and mezzo soprano Grace Reglinski.

They performed a programme of music from Spain, including works by Manuel de Falla and Fernando Sor.

Mrs Malkin, who has been teaching for the last 30 years, said: “It was a wonderful afternoon with many magical performances from students and professionals.

“The education system does not place any importance on access to good music in schools and, as such, only educates a small part of young people’s brains.

“I have been passionate about the value of music in young people’s lives for many years and have seen the impact it can have on positive futures.

“It was magical to see how excited the young performers were to sit in such close proximity to professional music-makers.

“I was proud as a teacher and a mum.”