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Musician Case Studies

Olivia Kelsall


Olivia is a music scholar and has played the clarinet since age nine and the piano since age seven.

She has achieved her Grade 8 clarinet certificate, is currently working on a performance diploma and has also achieved her Grade 5 piano certificate.

Olivia has entered the Chichester Music Festival several times and achieved numerous prizes in both the clarinet and piano categories. In Year 6 she achieved an award from West Sussex Music for extra teaching due to young talent. For seven years she attended Fantasia School of Music, playing a selection of music including jazz, swing, and folk. Olivia has been a member of West Sussex County Youth Orchestra and Wind Orchestra since 2016 and is first clarinet. She has been to Belgium on tour with the Portsmouth High School Orchestra.

Portsmouth High School's Gala Concert 2020


Jia Feng


Jia has played the violin and piano since age four and six, respectively. 

She has achieved her Grade 8 violin certificate and is currently working on her Grade 8 piano.

Jia has entered the Portsmouth Music Festival several times and won many awards including the Gordon Cawthorne Memorial Trophy. In the summer of 2016, she was sponsored by Portsmouth Music Festival to attend the European Youth Summer Music School and was one of the four musicians invited to attend a strings master class with Levon Chilingirian.

Jia was a featured soloist on the school’s music tours to Belgium and Italy. She has also been a member of Hampshire County Youth Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra since 2016 and a member of the Hampshire String Quartet since 2017. Jia has been to Germany and the Czech Republic with the orchestra. Last year, in November, Jia went to Germany to perform Mozart’s Requiem with the Chamber Orchestra and a German choir.