Saxophone trio secure impressive music grading success
March 17, 2021

Three Saxophone players at Rydal Penrhos secured some outstanding examination success recently.

There has been a lot to celebrate from a pupil perspective at Rydal Penrhos in recent weeks despite things being difficult thanks to the ongoing presence of COVID-19 restrictions. The school community has rallied together to make the most out of a bad situation and this has not only ensured learning continues impressively both on-site and virtually, but also building key skills outside of their structured timetable.

One of the biggest areas this is prevalent can be found with the talented young musicians across the school. Their progression in pursuit of examination achievements from various boards has been eye-catching and it is something that has seen a large number of Prep and Senior pupils achieve some notable accolades throughout the spring term as a result of their efforts.

This is a testament to each pupil’s willingness to improve no matter what the circumstances. Another fine example of this was three pupils all gaining another step on the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music grading ladder, something that will serve the trio well when they return to face-to-face tutoring in the very near future.

Ivo and Ada Vonbank, who are Year 10 pupils at Rydal Penrhos, both sat their Alto saxophone ABRSM grade 5 assessment despite taking up their studies for the examination relatively late compared to a normal situation.

Regardless of this predicament, both pupils picked things up incredibly well and this was reflected in their final marks, which were outstanding.

Ivo came through the examination with flying colours to earn a Distinction with a score of 132, with Ada also shining on her way to a Merit and a 123 mark.

This was an amazing achievement from the duo considering they only started studying for their Grade 5 exams in November.

Another pupil who was celebrated a thoroughly deserved assessment triumph was Noah Roberts, who is a Year 6 pupil and is currently Prep School Head Boy.

He sat his Alto saxophone grade 1 and passed with Distinction – attaining a mark of 132.

On behalf of everyone at Rydal Penrhos, we would like to congratulate all three pupils on their achievements and hard work in the circumstances.


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