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MEET the Pether String Quartet - four siblings who stole the show at this year’s Solihull Music Festival.

MEET the Pether String Quartet - four siblings who stole the show at this year’s Solihull Music Festival.

Jonathan, aged 21, 20-year-old twins Caroline and Gillian, and Edward, the youngest at 18, won the prestigious competition.

The judges were bowled over by the performance and voted unanimously to give the group the Solihull Musician of the Year award.

Proud mum Jan said that it had been a lovely evening for the whole family.

“Alot of their performances in the past have been in Birmingham, so it was nice for them to perform in Solihull,” she said.

“I was surprised when they won Young Musician of the Year - because there’s four of them, I didn’t think they were in the running.”

Jan, who teaches singing and piano, said that all four children had picked up an instrument around the time they started primary school.

“I think with string-playing, it’s something that you do have to start very early,” she said.

Violinists Edward and Caroline and Jonathan, the cellist of the group, are all pupils at the Royal Northern College of Music.

And the fourth member -viola player Gillian - is currently studying English and creative writing at the University of East Anglia.

Now they’ll have to decide between them which one will get to keep the trophy.

Over 150 musicians of all ages and grades entered this year’s competition - with the finalists performing in a special concert at Alderbrook School.

The award was handed to the quartet by last year’s winner, twelve-year-old Adelaide Yue, whose piano recital brought the evening to an end.

Professional musician Melvyn Cooper, who will return to judge next year’s event, said the contest was “a real gem”.

 

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