First A Level Music Students

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This summer, Katie Renker will become our first ever student to take A Level Music. She will soon be joined by Naveen Kulasingha, who is taking AS Music this year. Both are being taught by our Choir teacher, Miss Sureka Amerasinghe.

Katie is already half way to a top grade, having done well in her AS exam last year, including scoring 100% for her performance. Her composition had its ‘world premiere’ in Assembly this term, when Miss Sureka brought a chamber group to perform the piece. Katie recently received Distinction in her Grade 8 flute examination, having also been awarded a Distinction and won the ABRSM award for the highest mark in Sri Lanka for all her earlier flute exams. She is currently 1st flute for the Junior Symphony Orchestra, having also played with the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka. She hopes to study Music at Oxford University.

Naveen recently received Distinction in both Grade 8 Violin and Grade 7 Piano, winning the award for the highest score in Sri Lanka for piano. He is now preparing for his ABRSM Diploma examination. He started playing for the Junior Symphony Orchestra when he was only 9 years old and is also the youngest member of the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka, which he has played with since he was 12. He also has the rare distinction of studying Eastern Music to the highest level as well. He became the youngest Visharadha in Sri Lanka when he was eleven, a level equivalent to a Bachelor of Music degree.

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