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Norwich school quintet take their music to Downing Street

PUBLISHED: 08:26 12 February 2017 | UPDATED: 08:26 12 February 2017

The Winterton Quintet visit No 10 while performing at No 11 Downing Street. Picture: David Madden

The Winterton Quintet visit No 10 while performing at No 11 Downing Street. Picture: David Madden

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A sixth form quintet which has performed together for seven years has taken its music to Downing Street.

The Winterton Quintet, made up of sixth form students at the City of Norwich School (CNS), were asked to perform at No 11 last week after receiving an invitation from the chancellor of the exchequer, Phillip Hammond, and his wife Susan.

The five students, Sarah Walton, Leila Hooton, Kara Kordtomeikel, Lucy Rodd and Hannah Bradfield, were invited as part of an event celebrating Ormiston Academies Trust’s (OAT) Enrichment Charter.

OAT, which sponsors CNS, launched the charter in 2015, which states that every one of its students should experience cultural and sporting opportunities while at an academy.

Miss Hooton said: “It has all been very exciting, not many people can say they’ve been to No 11 Downing Street.

“This is our seventh year performing together and we are really good friends.

It is an incredible opportunity, and we still can’t quite believe it.”

The quintet - named after the group’s school house - has raised more than £3,000 for various charities through performances.

Jim Nixon, CNS headteacher, said: “We are thrilled our students had the opportunity to participate in this fantastic event, they are wonderfully talented and delivered a performance fit for No 11.

“We are sure this will inspire other students to continue to pursue their passions both in and outside the classroom.”

Toby Salt, chief executive of OAT, said he “very proud” of the students’ “fantastic job” representing the trust and school.

“At Ormiston, we are committed to ensuring that every single one of our students gains not only a first-class education in the key academic subjects but also has opportunities beyond the classroom,” he said.

“It means our students leave us not only with great exam results, but as well-rounded citizens who have had opportunities in the arts, sport, volunteering, fund raising, and educational and international trips.”

Looking forward, the students plan to continue playing together after sixth form.

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