SHE’S a talented flautist and she’s landed a place in a top orchestra.
Yet Imogen Davey is just 11-years-old.
The Marsden schoolgirl has just discovered that she has been successful in a recent audition she did at the Sage in Gateshead to join the Sinfonic Wind Orchestra in conjunction with the Northern Sinfonia.
The Sinfonia is currently Classic FM’s Orchestra of the North-East.
And it’s a major scoop for the youngster who has been playing flute for just over four years.
Proud mum Sarah said: “She’s really excited to join them.
“It’s the first time she’s had the opportunity to play with an orchestra rather than on her own.
“She’ll get to play in festivals and also learn from professionals within the orchestra who she’ll be playing alongside.”
Imogen competed against highly talented woodwind, brass and percussion players aged 12-17 from the North-East, Cumbria and Scotland for the place.
Judges described her as a “very promising flute player” and she said gave a “very enjoyable performance and great audition.”
Sarah added: “She will be coached by members of the Northern Sinfonia wind section and other professional guest musicians.
“It will involve weekend rehearsals, residential courses and concerts at the Sage in Gateshead and in Durham.”
Imogen wanted to play flute from the age of three and when her mum bought her a plastic saxophone from the Early Learning Centre, she tried to play it as a flute instead.
Joining the orchestra is another accolade in an already successful year for Imogen.
She was awarded the music scholarship at Huddersfield Grammar School and walked away a winner at The Mrs Sunderland Festival in the Woodwind and Recorder Year 6 and under class.
Sarah added: “She is very lucky to have a really fantastic flute teacher, Nikki Warrington, and prior to this Carol Baxter.”