NEW Forest musical talent Rosie Gill has graduated from two top music schools at the tender age of just 13.

Rosie, who has a music scholarship to Ballard School, is now an Associate Member of the Royal School of Music and an Associate Member of Trinity music conservatoire, London.

The youngster, who lives in Hordle with parents Caroline and Robert, now has letters after her name and is officially known as Rosie Gill ATCL ARSM (dists). She plays the harp and the piano.

She said: "I thought I may fail as I had to write a written programme of 1st year degree level and time a 40-minute repertoire to perfection. If I had speeded up my pieces on the day I would have been disqualified by not being within the time limit. I couldn't believe it when I passed both with top marks."

Her parents added: "We are immensely proud of Rosie and her achievement. She practised for an hour every day to meet her goal and finds it very exciting to have letters after her name now.

"The ATCL is a qualification usually gained in a first year degree so she has done exceedingly well at such a young age"

Rosie has recently performed at the Victoria and Albert museum for the National Illustration awards 2017. She has just returned from touring Wales with Claire Jones, Royal Harpist at St Davids Cathedral and Cardigan castle.

Rosie has won many awards and trophies including the Music at Beaulieu award and is booked for many local weddings and concerts. She recently performed at Poole's Lighthouse to an audience of 1,500 to help raise funds for equipment for the Royal Bournemouth hospital

Now Rosie plans to focus on learning enjoyable, well-known pieces for the public to enjoy before recommencing her studies next year for her third year degree to obtain her licentiate with the Trinity music conservatoire.

She is aiming to tour America next year with the American harp ensemble and study at the Royal Academy of Music or a European conservatoire before studying for a degree in Gemmology.