We are excited to share the tremendous news of our Associated Board Music Exam Success. Thirty-seven Senior School pupils passed their exams in December, ranging from two Grade 1 exams all the way through to two pupils achieving Diplomas. The Foundation result was equally impressive with over 80 pupils taking exams with success both at King’s Hawford and King’s At Alban’s too. A huge well done to all involved.
Congratulations to Bethan Fox, Saxophone and David Wills, Oboe who both gained distinctions in their Associate of the Royal Schools of Music Diploma exam. A diploma is the next level above a Grade 8, where the pupils were required to perform a 30-minute recital programme of extremely challenging music. This is a fantastic achievement and they follow in the footsteps of fifteen King’s pupils achieving Music diplomas in the past five years.
At Grade 8 level we had three successes with David G on the trombone, Emma M on the clarinet and Edmund R singing, all achieving a Merit. Congratulations to these pupils and everyone else who took an exam last term.
King’s Music has long been a centre of excellence and maintains strong links with the Music of Worcester Cathedral. Music is a core part of school life, where pupils’ talents are widely supported and encouraged. Here at King’s, pupils have endless opportunities to perform in various concerts through the school year and become part of different ensembles such as the School Choir, Wind Band, Jazz Band and many others.
“The news of the exam success is testament to the hard work pupils and their teachers have put in. The mixture of live and online lessons has been challenging but pupils and staff have adapted so well. During Lockdown 3.0 all of our instrumental and singing lessons have reverted to online lessons, with over 300 virtual music lessons taking place each week. Music teachers deserve great credit for being able to adapt to this way of teaching as it is so different to being able to give hands on help and support. They themselves are grateful for the way in which pupils and parents have supported this new way of learning.” Simon Taranczuk, Director of Music.
Virtual lunchtime lockdown concerts have also returned this term, with a different pupil performer each week, and will be released every Monday and Friday at 1.45 pm on the school’s social media.