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Take a bow! Clio, 14, joins the National Youth Orchestra

13 December, 2019 — By Katie Jenkins

Clio Harwood – ‘hard work pays off’. Photo: Tanith Carey

A SCHOOLGIRL from Archway has become one of the youngest members of the National Youth Orchestra (NYO) at the tender age of 14.

Clio Harwood, a violinist, was one of 164 applicants chosen to play in the orchestra.

Over the coming year she will perform at concerts across the country including at the Barbican and the Southbank Centre.

Clio said she is hugely excited to join the orchestra, adding: “It shows how hard work pays off.

“I went to all the concerts to see my sister play and thought the orchestra was amazing.”

Clio, who also plays the piano and the drums, started playing the violin 11 years ago at the Lauderdale Suzuki Group in Highgate.

Clio cites Hilary Hahn and Janine Jansen as two of her influences – both award-winning female violinists.

However, her biggest inspiration, she stresses, is her older sister who has played with the NYO for the past two years.

Clio said: “We’re very close and we’ve done duets together over the years.

“But every time I see her play, I think how amazing she is.”

Clio’s first show in London will be at the Barbican on January 5.

“I’m really nervous. Given I’m so young, I’m nervous that everyone will be better than me,” she said.

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