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Scottish music student to perform rare ‘lost symphony’ at the famous BBC Proms



A Scots music student only in her second year at conservatoire has been given the opportunity of a lifetime to perform at the world’s largest classical music festival.

Cliodhna Scott is part of a symphony orchestra performing at the prestigious BBC Proms later this summer. The 20-year-old is the envy of her peers in the UK after she successfully auditioned for the role at the Sibelius Academy in the Finnish capital of Helsinki.

She will be one of just two flautists in only the fourth symphony orchestra from the Nordic country to perform at the Proms. The Edinburgh-born student said it was only because she had chosen to take the jump and study in the Land of the Midnight Sun that the chance came about.

She added: “There is no doubt about that. The opportunities I’ve had are incredible. We were told maybe a year and a half ago a big project was coming up and we should consider auditioning for it – and pretty quickly sussed out what it might be.

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“The auditions took place at the beginning of the academic year. There were 10 flautists and me, and myself and one other were selected. For us British students it was probably more exciting than the others as we’d grown up with the Proms and know just how big a deal the festival is.”

Ms Scott said it was easier to control the nerves as part of a bigger group than if she had to take to the stage alone as a soloist. But she admitted it was still pretty nerve-wracking to be playing for a multi-million audience as the mainly sold-out concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and elsewhere are screened on television.

Although she started her musical career at the age of just four playing piano, she swapped the instrument for a flute five years later and has not looked back. She attended St Mary’s Music School in the capital and “just knew” there was nothing else she wanted to do. Two years ago she waved goodbye to her parents and brother who now live in East Lothian and set off to the “great unknown”.

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