Musicians hit all the right notes

Rastrick High School young musicians do well in exams'Georgia Collier (12), Charlotte Town (12), Christina D'Ambrogio (13), Gaia Hinchliffe (14) & Theo Ayres (15)
Rastrick High School young musicians do well in exams'Georgia Collier (12), Charlotte Town (12), Christina D'Ambrogio (13), Gaia Hinchliffe (14) & Theo Ayres (15)

MUSICIANS at Rastrick High School hit all the right notes in their exams.

The school has a long tradition of encouraging musical excellence with all students being encouraged to learn a musical instrument and participate in a wide range of extra-curricular musical groups including bands, choirs and smaller ensembles.

A large number of students are celebrating following their success in external music exams this year through The Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and Trinity Guildhall exam boards.

Jonathan Marriott, assistant director of music, said: “The excellent results reflect the dedication of our students who work extremely hard, attending lessons and rehearsals between all their other school commitments. For students to be successful, they need to have high levels of self discipline, organisation and problem solving skills and these transferable skills are invaluable in many aspects of adult life.”

Over 100 students were successful in examinations on a range of instruments and in ‘theory of music’ with a high proportion of passes at merit and distinction level.

Year eight pupil Georgina Collier quickly became involved in junior choir when she started at the school last year. As a result of this, Alison Pryce Jones, director of choirs, offered her a vocal scholarship which involved attending extra weekly vocal, aural and theory lessons and taking part in a wide range of performances both in and out of school. She entered her ABRSM grade 1 singing and achieved an outstanding 143 marks, giving her a pass with distinction.

Christina D’Ambrogio took her grade 2 guitar exam and was awarded 135 marks, giving her a pass with distinction.

Oliver Roughton has given seven years of dedicated service to the music department as a trombonist in the concert band, big band, and brass consort. He not only left the school at summer with an excellent set of A Level results but with a pass with merit at grade 8 trombone.

Talented young musician Theo Ayres gained his grade 5 in drum kit exam with the Trinity Guildhall exam board. He can play a range of instruments from percussion, piano and voice to guitar. He also has a strong interest in composing.

And Sophie Webb gained her grade 1 clarinet exam. Sophie worked extremely hard and made rapid progress, joining the school band. They both were rewarded a pass with distinction.

Gaia Hinchliffe gained her grade 5 playing the flute with merit. She is also an experienced singer, being a member of the school senior and chamber choirs.

Last but not least is Charlotte Town who joined year seven last year already playing the trumpet. She became a member of the junior band and has gained her grade 2 playing the trumpet.