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28 February

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Polina Makhina was born in Voronezh, Russia, in 2000. She started playing the violin aged four, inspired by her older sister. In September 2013 Polina was accepted into The Purcell School, where she studies violin with Nathaniel Vallois and piano with Lidia Amorelli.

Sean Payne is sixteen years old and comes from North London. He started playing the saxophone aged eight after being inspired to take up a wind instrument by a recorder project at his primary school. Sean adores playing the saxophone and especially enjoys playing Jazz. In 2014, Sean was a finalist in the first ever BBC Young Musician of the Year Jazz Award.

Francesca Lauri Menta was born in 2000 and started studying the piano at the age of five with Neil Rollings. At the age of six, Francesca made her debut in piano concerts organised by the Bromley Youth Music Trust. She has since performed at various venues, including the Fazioli Hall in Italy, and the Glasgow Conservatory.