Pass mu­sic to her ears

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News - Rachel Can­ning

School’s out for Tauhara Col­lege Year 13 stu­dent Eden Clap­per­ton, and she is de­lighted to have a first in me­dia stud­ies and a Prin­ci­pal’s Award at the col­lege’s se­nior school prize­giv­ing.

Yet eclips­ing these achieve­ments was the news in Oc­to­ber that she passed her As­so­ciate of Trin­ity Col­lege Lon­don (ATCL) exam with Dis­tinc­tion.

“You al­ways have to thank the peo­ple who help you pass your ex­ams and all the pupils of Vivi­enne’s are very high achiev­ers.”

Taupo¯ reg­is­tered mu­sic teacher Vivi­enne Sands has been teach­ing mu­sic since she was 15 years old. She is also an ac­com­plished com­poser, with Eden play­ing many of her pieces. She has com­posed other works for or­ches­tras and cham­ber mu­sic. Over the years Vivi­enne has had sev­eral stu­dents who achieved their ATCL exam and says it takes 18 months to pre­pare for it.

Eden also loves to teach mu­sic and has five stu­dents, all un­der 10 years in age, and says she will prob­a­bly get her teacher reg­is­tra­tion. She en­joyed her time at Tauhara Col­lege and says the col­lege has a won­der­ful mu­sic teacher in Rowan Bol­ley.

“He gives a good vibe and brings stu­dents out so they do their best,” says Eden.

Eden has also had suc­cess at com­pe­ti­tion fes­ti­vals in Te Awa­mutu and Ro­torua and this year won the IRMT 20th Cen­tury Com­poser award in the IRMT Se­nior Schol­ar­ship held in Ro­torua.

Eden says her fo­cus is on the fu­ture and study­ing for a con­joint Bach­e­lor of Arts and Bach­e­lor of Mu­sic at Auck­land Uni­ver­sity. She still plans on putting in hours of prac­tice, and says for 2019 she is go­ing to study for a Li­cen­ti­ate of Trin­ity Col­lege Lon­don (LTCL) along­side her bach­e­lor’s de­gree.

The tal­ented mu­si­cian’s longterm aim is to be a pro­fes­sional clas­si­cal per­for­mance pi­anist, ei­ther play­ing solo or as an ac­com­pa­nist for a cham­ber mu­sic en­sem­ble. She has al­ready clocked up ex­pe­ri­ence as a stu­dio mu­si­cian for Chris­tian rock artist Chris Skin­ner.

Photo / Rachel Can­ning

Eden Clap­per­ton passed her As­so­ciate of Trin­ity Col­lege Lon­don diploma exam with Dis­tinc­tion. She is pic­tured with her piano teacher Vivi­enne Sands.

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