Phillipa, pictured with the trophy after her performance.

This year, a panel of tutors from New College selected Phillippa Thorne, an eighteen year old student of pianoforte, who enchanted the audience with her performance following the presentation. Phillippa only began taking piano lessons at the age of twelve so her achievement was remarkable.

Phillippa is now nineteen years old and lives with her family in Rise Park, Nottingham. She is currently doing an A-level in Art and Design and is planning to study for a Diploma in Music and Performance at New College.