He has his wife, Virginia, felt that both the private and state sectors were in danger of crushing Matilda’s creativity, so taught her themselves, between the ages of 7 and 11 – including starting her on her musical path.
Her creativity was on display on Friday night, as she won the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Award contest with a performance, accompanied by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, of the second and third movements of the Hummel 'Trumpet Concerto’.
A panel of three judges, Professor Edward Gregson, Catherine Moore and Ian Bousfield, unanimously named her the winner, over three other musicians, who were all over the age of 20.
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She will also be the featured artist in a future edition of the Radio 2 show Listen to the Band.
Matilda, whose sister Verity, 16, is also a musician, returned to mainstream education, attending a private school for her GCSEs, before moving to a state grammar school for her A-levels.
She began playing the piano at the age of six, under the tuition of her mother, a piano teacher, and took up the trumpet two year’s later, after trying her father’s old instrument.
She now plays for around 20 hours each week, taking lessons at the Junior Guildhall School of Music, at London’s Barbican.
She said: “I was surprised, thrilled and overwhelmed to win.
The others were a lot older, so I wasn’t expecting to win.” Her father, a writer and lecturer added: “It is amazing to be a parent and be able to experience and support her and even just carry her bags.
She has worked so hard and it is wonderful to see that acknowledged.” The Big Short, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' book of the same name about the causes of the financial crisis, opens in UK cinemas this weekend.
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