Junior Trinity student takes leading role in ITV thriller

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Twelve year old Hebé Johnson, a violinist and bassoonist at Trinity Laban's Junior Trinity, is one of the principal actors in the ITV psychological thriller, The Poison Tree.

Screened last night (Monday 10 December), with Part 2 coming next Monday, The Poison Tree tells the tale of Karen Clarke who has been waiting twelve years for the release of her partner Rex from prison.

Now he is free, she is looking forward to settling down live as a normal family with their daughter, Alice (played by Hebe). But when Karen starts to receive silent phone calls and anonymous text messages, she starts to feel that her family are being watched. Despite her best efforts to keep their past a secret, someone knows the truth about what she and Rex did twelve years ago.

The Times said it was "…a wonderful performance by Hebe Johnson as the couple's young daughter" (The Times, 8 December 2012).

A recipient of the Loveday Junior Trinity Bursary, Hebe gained a place on Junior Trinity's Main Programme in 2011 having started on its celebrated String Time programme at the age of 6.

Hebe said: "Filming was a totally new experience for me and spending five intensive weeks on it during my summer holidays could have been a major challenge.

"But, I am sure that the determination and focus I have learnt to bring to my music practice every day helped me a huge amount in the filming process every minute of which I enjoyed."

Junior Trinity is a Saturday School for 3-19 year olds. Formed in 1906, it was the first Junior Department of a UK Conservatoire to open its doors to schoolchildren on Saturdays. Since then thousands of young people have benefited from the opportunities to make music as individuals and in a wide variety of small and large ensembles. From Trinity Teenies aged 3-5 right through to university and conservatoire entrance, the aim is to encourage a lifelong interest in music and to give the students the opportunities to develop to their maximum potential.

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