Music Students Celebrate Grade 8 Success Despite Online Classes Due To Pandemic

Music students at Wrekin College celebrate their achievement in eighth grade

Although students had to take online classes and exams, Wrekin College celebrated a 100% pass rate on passed scored instrumental tests as schools were closed for the third nationwide lockdown.

But the music department staff were particularly excited to record eight grade 8 students – including seven at the Distinction level.

The performances were in a range of disciplines from rock and pop, from classical and musical theater voices to traditional instruments such as the trombone.

The students included Millie Drummond-Webb, Isola Egerton, Daniel Hall, Benjamin Murdock, Oliver Stott, Timothy Evans, Callum Parkes and Charles Gibbs.

College Music Director Simon Platford said he was thrilled with the results and was especially proud of the students who had enthusiastically adapted to online classes and determined to keep their music education on track despite the challenges. difficulties.

“Switching to the Internet has not been easy, but teachers and students at Wrekin College have worked hard to keep things moving,” he added.

“It was great to see this engagement which included a number of students who felt confident enough to pass one of their most important and difficult exams in the midst of a lockdown. Grade 8 is a defining exam for any musician, so reaching 8 at this point is a credit to the students, their teachers, and the supportive ethic they have created here at Wrekin. “

The college opened its new music school in January 2020 and recently hosted classical musicians and world famous siblings Skeku and Isata Kenneh-Mason.

They gave a series of bubble group concerts each year at school with Sheku on cello and Isata on piano.

The school also maintained rehearsals for its performance of the Sound of Music later this term with a mix of online and in-person sessions as per government restrictions.

The school is hoping this will be one of the first live shows to happen if the fourth stage of the Covid roadmap rolls out on June 21, with performances slated for the following week.

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