We would like to congratulate Year 7 student Natasha Bellingham on receiving the Miss Margaret Wethered Prize. Natasha, who sat her Grade 6 Piano exam at the end of 2016, was awarded the coveted prize by The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in February, having achieved the highest mark in Liverpool for a practical Grade 6 exam.

When asked if preparations for her Grade 7 Piano exam have started, Natasha, who has only been playing the piano since the age of seven and a half, responded, “preparations are well underway and I am hoping to take the Grade 7 exam this summer. One of my exam pieces is ‘Nocturne in C sharp minor’ by Chopin. It is a lovely, expressive piece and is one of my favourite pieces of classical music to play.”

One of the least popular aspects of preparing for any music exam is learning scales, “whilst I don’t enjoy scales, they are a necessary part of taking exams. I am trying to get into the habit of playing at least a few scales every day.”

Natasha’s talent for music is not just confined to the piano. Natasha can be found in the string section of the School orchestra, and recently mastered Stephen Sondheim’s challenging Sweeney Todd the Demon of Fleet Street musical score as a member of the School Show band, in the weeks leading up to her Grade 7 Violin exam.

As Natasha embarks on her Grade 7 Piano exam we wish her the very best of luck.

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