We caught up with Finalist Bella who will be playing the Mozart 2nd Violin Concerto.
What is your main occupation at the moment?
I am currently in the first year of Masters at Guildhall School of Music and Drama on the LSO Orchestral Artistry course.
What made you choose to play your instrument and how old were you when you started?
I sang and learnt piano with my mum from an early age. I was lucky to have the opportunity to start violin aged seven at primary school through Redbridge Music Service.
What made you choose the concerto that your will be playing?
My admiration for Mozart has increased through performing in his operas. I chose the second violin concerto because I enjoy its shifting moods from playful in the first movement; through consolation in the second, finishing with a joyful dance in the third.
What do you feel you would gain from the experience of winning this competition and playing your concerto with ERSO and Chris Stark?
It would be a wonderful opportunity to perform this less frequently heard concerto in its entirety with the ERSO and Chris Stark.