Violinist Tasmin Little has described the Windsor Festival International String Competition as an "international celebration of young people who can make music at a very high level."
Speaking to Classic FM last week, Little was quick to praise the work of the competition, which takes place this week with a final concert in the Waterloo Chamber of Windsor Castle on Friday March 20th.
Of the competition itself, which has attracted over 160 international applicants: "It's an amazing experience and opportunity… it's a very inspiring place to make music and listen to music."
Eight string player semi-finalists aged 16-26 will take to the Windsor Guildhall, before three finalists are selected to progress to Friday's concert.
Little also highlighted the importance of events like the WFISC in challenging times for music education: "We always have to keep our eye on the ball because music education has such a far-reaching effect… it tackles discipline problems and social issues as well."
"Music education, which can unfortunately be seen as a low priority, should really be top of the list."