Niamh secures Grade 8 clarinet distinction
January 14, 2020

A multi-talented musician has been rewarded for her exceptional dedication with another prestigious accolade.

Niamh Cook, a Year 12 pupil at Rydal Penrhos, recently sat her Grade 8 clarinet examination after months of hard work, which was administered by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

The teenager produced an incredible performance in front of adjudicators to secure a Distinction, scoring an exceptional 132 out of a possible 150 marks.

This is the second time that Niamh has attained Grade 8 distinction relating to a particular instrument, with the pupil also boasting a piano certificate at the same level of difficulty.

The Sixth Former, who is also an immensely gifted Artist, will now start on her ABRSM clarinet diploma in the hope of securing further achievements in a musical environment.

She is also studying for her ABRSM piano diploma in addition to her A Level commitments, working alongside Rydal Penrhos’ dedicated staff team to reach her goals.

Director of Music Pete Williams, said: “This is an absolutely extraordinary achievement from one of the brightest young musicians I have had the pleasure of working with.

“Niamh’s natural ability is matched by her tremendous work ethic and desire to get the very most out of her remarkable gift, and for her to be coupling this with her A Level studies is a real testament of her tireless dedication.”