Billy hits the right note in exam

Derby Telegraph - - CELEBRATIONS -

BILLY Rowlatt, of Wirksworth, has been awarded the Sheila Moss­man Me­mo­rial Prize for his re­cent grade eight pi­ano ex­am­i­na­tion, when he was awarded 146 marks out of 150.

The As­so­ci­ated Board of the Royal Schools of Mu­sic presents this pres­ti­gious award, which also in­cludes a cheque for £200, to can­di­dates gain­ing the high­est marks in the coun­try for grades six, seven and eight.

Since the age of six, Billy, now 18, has stud­ied with Mat­lock-based pi­ano teacher Stephen Gos­ney who said: “Billy has worked ex­tremely hard in prepa­ra­tion for his re­cent exam. He has a mix­ture of tal­ent and show­man­ship which makes for real suc­cess. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Billy!”

As well as be­ing a gifted pi­anist, Billy also plays trum­pet and is an en­thu­si­as­tic mem­ber of the Scream­ing Kicks Big Band, from Derby, which has re­cently re­turned from a tour of Amer­ica. He also per­forms reg­u­larly with tal­ented lo­cal band Skarambe.

Billy is hop­ing to pur­sue a ca­reer as a pro­fes­sional mu­si­cian and is cur­rently ap­ply­ing for places at mu­sic col­leges.

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