Year 11 pupil Eamon Boyle-Smith has just gained a distinction in the Grade Eight flute examinations of The Royal Schools of Music. His achievement is one that only the most talented musicians can hope to gain - the highest grade, a very remarkable feat for someone of his age.
The examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) are internationally recognised qualifications in music performance and theory. Students need to prepare rigorously and respond to challenges in sight reading, scales and aural perception. The grade eight examination is a demanding test that requires musicians to show their ability to complete scales, modes, arpeggios, chords and a stylistic study. Eamon had to perform a piece which had advanced stylistic techniques and sounds, with complex solo and improvisation. He sat a listening test in which he had to listen to musical extracts for melodies and rhythms and then play them back. Finally, he was quizzed on his general knowledge of music and the instrument.
We congratulate Eamon on his hugely impressive achievement.