Top teen picked for music camp after submitting film


A talented teenager has been chosen to attend an exclusive youth camp for budding world class musicians.

Viola virtuoso Anna Moody has been accepted to attend Verbier Festival Youth Camp after recording herself and sending it in to organisers.

The student at Bede’s Upper Fifth was chosen out of thousands of fellow musicians to attend the renowned music camp, an international symposium where world-class musicians meet, play and practise with other gifted musicians from around the globe.

The festival has a reputation as a world leader in identifying, encouraging and nurturing tomorrow’s exceptional solo performers.

The 16-year-old had to record an audition on video and send it in because although there were auditions in Beijing, Amsterdam and New York but there were no auditions in England. She said: “I feel so overwhelmed. I was in a state of disbelief when I first heard, I had to phone my mum to make sure she wasn’t joking.”

Anna, who plays viola, saxophone and piano, learned about Verbier through the Royal Academy of Music which she has attended on Saturdays since September.

The Festival Youth Camp invites an elite group of extraordinary young artists to Verbier for three weeks each summer where they participate in a unique and international performing arts community, enjoying master classes with great teachers and artists, playing chamber music together and exchanging creative ideas.

Bede’s Head of Music Lou Morris said of Anna’s achievement, “Anna is a wonderful musician and dedicated student. She plays the viola with such expression and involvement and hearing her perform is an absolute delight. I had every confidence in her. This is a fantastic achievement and truly deserved.”