Prestige place is music to her ears

Prestige place: Isabella Baker at a lunchtime concert at Garstang Arts Centre
Prestige place: Isabella Baker at a lunchtime concert at Garstang Arts Centre
Share this article

The delightful sounds from Isabella Baker’s violin hit just the right note with bosses at the prestigious Chetham’s School of Music, in Manchester.

And now the 16-year-old, from Garstang, has been awarded a place to study violin and piano at the school from September.

“I’m excited about it,” said Isabella.

“I’ll be boarding there for two years and it will be wonderful to study there.”

A member of the Halle Youth Orchestra for three years, Isabella is no stranger to public performances, appearing in school productions at Garstang Community Academy, where she is a pupil, and also at lunchtime performances at Garstang Arts Centre.

Isabella’s interest in music was nurtured by her grandmother, June Baker, of Catterall, who began teaching her piano.

Then, at the age of seven, Isabella decided she would like to try violin, and her love of the instrument blossomed from there.

A lover of classical music, Isabella prefers listening to works by 
her favourite composer Shostakovich, rather than the modern pop scene.

Under the tutelage of Garstang music teacher Deirdre Ward, Isabella has gained grade eight in violin with distinction and is taking her grade seven piano examinations soon.

She spends Saturdays at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, honing her skills on piano and violin.

“When I leave Chetham’s I would love to go to the Royal College of Music Conservatoire in London for three or four years,” said Isabella.

“Then I’d like to join a string quartet and travel the world, or perhaps perform solo.”