TALENTED Jennie Brown from Sandhurst was chosen from hundreds of musicians to attend the second annual Yamaha-Classic FM School of Music workshop.

Jennie, 16, of College Road, went to the three-day event with 75 other young maestros from around the country.

For a second successive year, Classic FM and Yamaha invited applications from children, aged 13 to 16, who have reached Grade Three or above on their chosen instrument — but have not had the chance to play in an orchestra before.

Throughout the weekend, teachers from the Purcell School were on hand to offer advice and guidance in a series of workshops and rehearsals.

The highlight of the weekend was when the children were the guests of conductor Mathias Bamert and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, as they prepared to perform Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique at London's Royal Festival Hall.

Roger Lewis, managing director and programme controller of Classic FM, said: "The opportunity for children to make music together is so important. This kind of group activity develops and enhances social skills which can be transferred into daily life."