Christina Schoonakker
Christina Schoonakker

A musician studying at The Royal Conservatoire in The Hague will receive the annual Peggy Oldham Award bursary.

Christina Schoonakker, 20, of Southwell, is a viola and violin player studying for a Bachelor of Music degree.

She will receive the £1,000 music bursary from Southwell Choral Society.

The bursary is to support the development of a young person’s musical career.

There were nine applicants, all living within ten miles of Southwell Minster.

Miss Schoonakker, a former Minster School pupil, has previously played in the National Children’s Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra.

She is the leader of Nottingham Youth Orchestra and is also a member of the Dutch National Youth Orchestra while she studies in the Netherlands.

In November she reached the semi-finals of the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition.

Miss Schoonakker said she was thankful to receive the award.

"I am delighted. It was a big surprise and it is encouraging they run this award to support musicians," she said.

"I am grateful they appreciated my application.

"It will help me to buy a new instrument, which will be a valuable investment.

"At the moment I am gaining a range of musical experiences and having a lot of fantastic experiences on my course."

Mrs Thelma Clark, chairman of the selection panel, said: "Everyone on the panel was deeply impressed by the high quality and potential of all the entrants."

"However, the decision to select Christina was unanimous."