Flautist to take flight to Royal Academy of Mu­sic

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

HALE School grad­u­ate Peter Havlat (18) has ac­cepted a pres­ti­gious mu­sic schol­ar­ship at the Royal Academy of Mu­sic in London, mak­ing him the only 2016 WACE grad­u­ate to achieve the hon­our.

Af­ter earn­ing 100 per cent for the prac­ti­cal com­po­nent of his ATAR Mu­sic exam and re­ceiv­ing a Sub­ject Cer­tifi­cate of Ex­cel­lence for Mu­sic, Peter au­di­tioned and was of­fered places at sev­eral uni­ver­si­ties.

These in­cluded the Syd­ney Con­ser­va­to­rium of Mu­sic, Guild­hall School of Mu­sic and Drama London, Royal School of Mu­sic London and, of course, Royal Academy of Mu­sic, where he ac­cepted a po­si­tion on schol­ar­ship.

“The big­gest schol­ar­ship I was of­fered was at the Royal Academy, so I have taken that,” Peter said.

“I re­ally wanted to study in London, as ob­vi­ously the mu­sic pro­grams there are world-class and there are so many op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“Also, I am an English ci­ti­zen as I was born there and my older brother stud­ies pi­ano at the Royal Academy too.”

Mu­sic is cer­tainly in Peter’s blood. His mother taught him, his two broth­ers and sis­ter pi­ano as young chil­dren, and he has also been learn­ing the flute since he was seven.

His younger brother Ed­die plays vi­o­lin and drums, and is Hale’s Vice Cap­tain of Mu­sic this year.

Peter was Hale’s Mu­sic Cap­tain last year and im­mersed him­self in as many mu­sic op­por­tu­ni­ties as pos­si­ble as a mem­ber of sev­eral en­sem­bles, in­clud­ing Hale’s Se­nior Con­cert Band, Se­nior Choir, Cham­ber Choir, Wood­wind Quin­tet, Hale St Mary’s Con­cert Band and Hale St Mary’s Can­tate.

He was also a mem­ber of the School 2014 Mu­sic Tour to Vi­enna and has achieved a Di­ploma of Aus­tralian Mu­sic Ex­am­i­na­tions Board As­so­ciate in Mu­sic, as well as a Di­ploma of Li­cen­ti­ate in Mu­sic.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d466609

Peter Havlat’s un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree at the Academy will take four years and he would con­sider ex­tend­ing that to take on a Mas­ters.

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