Classical teen star’s solo

Conroy Adams-Merrigan

Conroy Adams-Merrigan

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A 17-year-old former music scholar at St John’s College, Southsea, will be soloist in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in the Solent Symphony Orchestra’s concert in Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral tomorrow (7.30pm).

The performance is Conroy Adams-Merrigan’s prize for winning the SSO Concerto Award at last year’s Portsmouth Music Festival.

Now on a sixth-form scholarship at the specialist Purcell School of Music in Hertfordshire, he was initially taught violin at St John’s by Rosalie Eddis and was a member of Hampshire County Youth Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra for five years.

He still plays with the county’s Youth Swing Trio, performing last summer at a reception for Prince Edward.

At Purcell, Conroy studies classical violin, piano, jazz guitar and music technology, and has performed at Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral and St Martin-in-the-Fields.

He has also played in Poland, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic and France with the Hampshire orchestras and performed a Mozart concerto in Albania. He also co-led the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at an invitation concert in Portsmouth Guildhall.

From September he will study classical violin performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London.

Tomorrow’s concert, conducted by Steve Tanner, also includes two works by Brahms – the Tragic Overture and Symphony No 1.

Tickets cost £12 (concessions available) from (01252) 711658 or at the door.

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