16:49 Monday 13 January 2014

Ellie gets 'near-perfect' score in her violin exam

Written byRICHARD CASTLE

A ROCESTER school pupil has hit a near-perfect score in an ‘extremely challenging’ music exam.

Talented teenager Ellie Palmer is only 16-years-old, but has made ‘startlingly-quick’ progress in her ambition to master the violin.

The musically-eared Abbotsholme School pupil has just discovered she passed her recent Grade Eight exam on the four-stringed instrument.

Not only that, but she scored an ‘amazing’ 137 out of a possible 150, meaning she passed with distinction - and was just 13 marks off perfection.

A ‘delighted’ Ellie said: “I was really surprised at the result because I was really worried about my scales and pieces and had to enlist the help of a friend to help me practice.

“I have a real passion for music and especially the violin, so I am really pleased to have managed to get this grade.”

Now Ellie, who lives in Rocester, is turning her attention to the piano.

Having achieved her Grade Seven in 2013, she is looking to pass her Grade Eight exam this year.

Ellie passion for music has seen her be a member of the National Children’s Orchestra and she is currently a full member of the Royal Northern College of Music.

Abbotsholme School said it has a full programme of top-draw classical musicians who take their talents to the stage at various recitals.

Further information on the programme at Abbotsholme School is available by visiting the website at www.abbotsholme.co.uk

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