A NINE-year-old New Forest schoolgirl has won a place in the International Harp Ensemble.

Talented Rosie Gill is only just big enough to reach all the strings on her Celtic Harp.

But that has not stopped her achieving distinctions in recent exams and joining the renowned ensemble in filming for an appearance on Songs of Praise.

Rosie, also a talented pianist, is a pupil of Hordle Primary School and lives in Bashley with her mum Caroline, a piano teacher, dad Robbie and brother Jake.

She took up the harp just a year ago but has already reached Grade 5.

Rosie is taught by the lead harpist in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra who suggested she works within a group. The ensemble were delighted to welcome her.

Last weekend they took part in filming for Songs of Praise ahead of an appearance at the Lighthouse in Poole on Friday March 1 alongside Britain’s Got Talent star Faryl Smith.

As well as Classical pieces, the ensemble also performs music from chart-toppers like Coldplay.

Caroline said: “The ensemble has toured in Europe and will go to America this year. We go to Surrey every two weeks so Rosie can rehearse with them and she is really enjoying being part of a group.”

Unfortunately Rosie will miss Friday’s concert due to a long-standing engagement but she’s looking forward to the ensemble planning another performance in the area soon. Tickets are still available for the show and are available on 0844 406 8666.