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Royal College of Music students hold concert for Stanborough Park church in Garston
Two talented music students gave a concert at Stanborough Park Seventh-day Adventist Church in Garston on the evening of Saturday helping to raise almost £2,200 towards the church’s building fund.
Victoria Balan and Minyoung Bae are both studying for their BMus degree at the Royal College of Music in London.
Victoria is in her final year, studying the violin and Minyoung is a third year student studying piano.
Minyoung, originally from South Korea, has lived in England since the age of 10 and attended Stanborough School before gaining a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Cobham. Currently living in North Watford she is a member of Stanborough Park Church.
Last summer she gained third prize in her age category at the 10th Piano International Competition in Padova, Italy.
Victoria Balan is from Moldova and gained a scholarship at the Purcell Music School in Bushey at the age of 16 before moving on to the Royal College of Music.
Both students regularly play in the church’s orchestra with Minyoung often playing the violin, her second instrument.
On this occasion they were persuaded to perform an entire concert with Minyoung playing piano works by Medelssohn, Chopin and Prokofiev and Victoria playing violin works by Mozart, Szymanowski and de Falla, accompanied by friends on piano and guitar.
Appropriately entitled "Winter Concert", one of a series promoted by the church’s Music Department, the concert was well-attended despite the snow and ice and raised almost £2,200 from a collection and the sale of refreshments.