Students on top at Wesleyan Music

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STUDENT achievement at Wesleyan Music has held up during the past year, despite the economic gloom.

The entry numbers have held and the pass bands have improved.

Out of 102 entries in all examinations, 28 per cent achieved a Pass Band, 41 per cent a Merit Band and 26 per cent achieved Distinctions. Teachers are to be commended on these achievements.

Wesleyan Music continues to support the students and encourage them to publicly perform in their schools, Chapels, Churches and on stage.

In July as part of the Musical Outreach Policy, they hope to welcome Cillian and his Mid Ulster Music and Drama Group to The Wesleyan Hall.

Currently they are supporting four organists. Dr Drummond remarked to Dr Stott, during his organ examination, that the last time he examined an organ student was 20 years ago in Australia!

The following are the results: outstanding students of the year, Cillian Donaghy - Grade 6 Piano, Distinction, Grade 8 Piano, Merit and Grade 6 Theory of Music; Louise Caulfield - Trinity Special Award, all 10 certificates in piano playing, Grade 8 Distinction, Theory of Music Grade 4 Distinction; Students gaining special merit - Dr David Stott - Grade 2 Organ Distinction, Grade 4 Organ Distinction, Grade 6 Theory of Music; Declan Murry - Grade 3 Piano Distinction, Grade 1 Theory Distinction; Emma Nicholls - Merit Grade 5 Piano, Distinction Grade 5 Theory, Distinction Grade 4 Theory, Grade 6 Theory; Matthew Dunlop - Distinction Grade 2 Piano, Distinction Grade 1 Theory; Amy Booth - Merit Grade 3 Piano, Pass Grade 3 Violin, Distinction Grade 1 Theory; Thea Corry - Distinction Grade 3 Piano, Merit Grade 1 Theory; Playing to Distinction - Thomas Toner, Roseanna Mullen and Conor McGarry.