Alma Deutscher could read music before she could read words. She composed her first piano sonata at six, her first short opera at seven, and her first full-length opera at 10.

She then debuted her Cinderella – based on the traditional fairy tale, but with Cinderella as a composer – to critical acclaim at the Casino Baumgarten theatre, Vienna, on 29 December 2016, when she was 11, but her plaits made her look younger.

A gifted musician as well as a composer, Alma was on stage throughout, switching between the piano and the violin. She imbued her playing with a musical sophistication that seemed almost inconceivable in someone who still wears Start-rite shoes. More on The Telegraph