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Swanlea musicians hitting the high notes!

Following an outstanding Christmas concert at the end of last term, exam fever hit Swanlea’s music department as they welcomed Examiner Simon Rushby from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music to examine their largest ever cohort of instrumentalists on Friday 13th January.

A full day of examinations kicked off at 9:30am with the violinists and violas with their tutor, Mr Gea. After break it was the turn of the cellos with Miss Morse and trumpets and trombone with Mr Bearman. After lunch, bassoons, flutes and recorders got the afternoon off to a flying start with Mr Bescoby and Ms Wackett. Clarinets and saxophone with Mr McConkey took the after school session through to 5:30pm. A long day for some!

Speaking of her musicians, Head of Music, Mrs Coulson said “I am immensely proud of the commitment and resilience our students have shown in their preparation for these important exams. There has been a real buzz in the department for the weeks leading up to the performances and the musicians have made huge progress on their instruments. They have put in 100% effort and I was delighted when the examiner praised “a thriving and successful music department”. Now, it’s a waiting game until the results come in!”


We look forward to sharing the results with you in the next newsletter.