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Derby High School has hosted a concert featuring one of its former students playing alongside The Aquinas Piano Trio

Cellist and former pupil Katherine Jenkinson returned to Derby High School to perform a concert with The Aquinas Piano Trio. The trio consists of Ruth Rogers on violin, Katherine and Martin Cousin on piano.

In 1998, Katherine won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music and gained a first-class degree, 10 academy prizes, a distinction in performance diploma as well as a DipRAM. She gave her Wigmore Hall debut in 2004 and has since returned there three times. She has also performed as a soloist throughout Europe, in Africa and Asia.

The Aquinas Piano Trio has performed at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, South Bank Centre, Barbican Hall and Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.

Ed Temple, director of music at Derby High School, said the concert was a fantastic opportunity to hear a world-class ensemble: “The Aquinas Trio are highly sought after and tickets sold out very quickly. The pre-concert talk gave our students an insight into the life of a professional musician as well as background information on the three pieces of music. The Devonshire Room at Derby High School was the perfect setting for this small ensemble – every nuance and subtlety was heard.

“The three pieces of music were performed flawlessly, with meticulous attention to detail. The trio’s communication with each other was quite extraordinary and their rapport captivated the audience until the very final note.

“During the interval Kath came front of house to chat to old friends and gave words of encouragement to some of the musicians from the school. The trio treated the enthusiastic audience to a short encore before signing autographs and CDs.

“It was an honour to welcome Kath back to her old school – she is a truly outstanding musician, as are all three members of this trio.”

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