Billy hits the right note in exam
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.