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Musicians impress with RNCM offers and exam distinctions

Clara Zelhof will play the violin and piano in the Junior RNCM

Gifted SGS musicians have demonstrated their burgeoning talent with two pupils being selected for the Junior Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and a raft of impressive exam results.

The Junior RNCM is a vibrant community of young musicians aged 8 to 18 who come together to develop their talent within the Royal Northern College. Second Year Clara Zelhof, who will play the violin and piano, is delighted to be a part of the group and said: “I am really excited about this opportunity and am looking forward to taking part in rehearsals and concerts. I was a bit nervous at the audition but once I started playing I was OK.”

Clara has further reason to celebrate after being offered a place in National Children’s Orchestra and getting distinctions in both grade 8 violin and grade 5 singing.

She will be joined in the Junior RNCM by Upper Sixth student Daniel Vincent who will play the euphonium and percussion.

Third Year Harrison Wilson obtained a distinction in his Rock School Grade 8 drum exam – an assessment for candidates who have mastered advanced technical control and have a thorough grasp of extended stylistic techniques.

Sixth Former Liv Dow also attained a distinction after getting 96 out of 100 in her Grade 8 cello exam. During the exam, she had to demonstrate her sight-reading ability and take part in an aural test, which is designed to strengthen the vital connection between listening and performing.