Erika Smith-Gordon, 14, is a 1st year pupil and music scholar at Wellington College, Crowthorne, where she weekly-boards. Although she was offered a place by the Junior Departments of the Royal College of Music and of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she decided to continue learning violin privately with Lucy-Ellen Spencer in Guildford.
She has always enjoyed performing for people in all kinds of settings; she has played in many concerts, both solo and in orchestras, at her previous and current schools, participated in music festivals in the local area, and also played for local elderly people and primary school children.
She was awarded the Woking Junior Musician of the Year title in 2013. The highlight of last year was to participate in Age UK Surrey’s Christmas Service when she performed solo pieces in Guildford Cathedral.
She is a member of the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain. At Wellington College, she is a member of the school orchestra, chamber orchestra and string trio. Future engagements include: Beethoven's Romance in F with the Guildford Symphony Orchestra; solo recital at Guildford URC Concert Society; recital in the Second Sunday Concert series at St Paul’s Church Grove Park, Chiswick.