Superb ABRSM grading success for Oscar J
February 17, 2021

Rydal Penrhos Prep School pupil Oscar Jewsbury beat the odds to gain a notable achievement in the field of music.

Another talented Rydal Penrhos Prep School pupil attained music grading success despite the obvious complications throughout preparation thanks to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Oscar Jewsbury, who is a Year 5 pupil at the Prep School, began lessons with music tutor Cheryl Frost at the end of August with a view to attaining his Grade 1 Piano examination from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

The ABRSM introduced a new set of performance exams recently to ensure pupils continued to progress despite the ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19. This involves candidates choosing several pieces to play,  a few from the exam repertoire and one ‘own choice’ providing it’s the grade standard of the exam.

Oscar’s varied programme saw the pupil put together a fantastic sequence of performances that included:

  • Minuet in C – William Duncombe
  • The Egyptian Level – Kevin Wooding
  • The Echo – Theodore Oesten
  • Who said Mice – J Last

A tremendous effort saw Oscar attain a high pass from the assessment – just two marks shy of a distinction – which represents a significant achievement considering how little time the Rydal Penrhos pupil had to prepare.

Oscar is quickly moving on to his Grade 1 Theory work, which is he studying in his own time and in addition to the exceptional online learning provision provided by Rydal Penrhos during the second educational lockdown.

This will put him in a strong position as he looks to achieve further grading success in the coming years, which will add to the Prep School’s rich and proud history of notable ABRSM examination achievements.


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