Baldock based violinist to perform with pros

A PLUCKY young woman from Baldock will perform her first concert with a major orchaestra after winning a one year violin scholarship.

Nandita Bhatia, who lives in The Rowans with her parents, was awarded a scholarship with the University of Hertfordshire’s orchestra after winning a string section competition at a music festival.

The 23-year-old said: “I obviously love performing, it’s what I do, I play the violin.

“I did the festival to get performing experience, I wasn’t in it to win it, so it was fantastic to win the scholarship.

“I have played since I was seven so it’s about 15-16 years and I have always known I wanted to play the violin professionally.”

Miss Bhatia was an entrant at the Hatfield and District Music Festival in April and as a result of winning is now mentored by the orchestra leader and head of the second strings.

They give support through weekly rehearsals and advice at concerts.

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Miss Bhatia hopes the experience will help her fulfil her dream of becoming a professional violinist and give her vital musical experience.

She said: “Well I hope to go to music college in London and do a Master’s degree so the scholarship helps me get some orchestral experience and obviously I get to sit at the front with the leaders who are professionals themselves.”

Miss Bhatia is currently having a year out to concentrate on practising the violin but also works part time at the Benslow Music Trust, a renowned musical centre in Hitchin.

She will be performing a concert this Sunday with The de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra at the Western Auditorium, University of Hertfordshire, in Hatfield.