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Notes on Pupil Music Success

16 March 2017 | Tagged: Senior School, Music, Competitions, Events

In the February ABRSM examinations, Senior School pupils achieved 12 Passes, 11 Merits and 9 Distinctions

Adam Stanley (S6) (pictured above) and Reuben Gilson-Barnett (S3) achieved Grade 8 with Distinction awards in piano and violin respectively. In itself, this is an excellent achievement. However, with respect to Adam's achievement, this is now his fourth Grade 8 with Distinction award, following on from three separate awards achieved last session in violin, tuned percussion and drum kit. Adam also performed marimba in the final round of the prestigious West of Scotland Schools Orchestra Leader and Concerto Competition at Glasgow City Halls in early February.

Samrat Majumder (S6) won 1st prize earlier this term at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Junior Guitar Competition, his third consecutive success in the event. He will appear at Glasgow's West End Festival later this year as part of his prize. Samrat also won 2nd prize at the 9th International RAGO Junior Guitar Solo Competition in Stuttgart, Germany at the end of February and was recently awarded a four year scholarship by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to undertake the Bachelor of Music course in Classical Guitar Performance.

Maryam Khan (S3) was accepted to the Scottish Opera Connect course for 16-21 year olds. Despite Maryam only being 14 years old, the organisers were so pleased with her audition that they made an exception to include her. Maryam is already a member of the National Children's Choir of Great Britain and the National Youth Choir of Scotland.

Matthew Provan (S1) was asked to be the piper at the St Patrick's Day Parade in Kinsale, County Cork on Friday 17th March. He will wear the High School Pipe Band tartan as he takes to the parade with Kinsale locals, as well as almost 60 delegates from Newport, Rhode Island, which is twinned with Kinsale.

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