8th May, 2021

Young cellist makes the grade despite lockdown

A DEDICATED young cellist is celebrating passing her latest performance assessment – which she achieved despite being under lockdown.

Becca Gilbey passed her grade 2 performance award after completing her assessment virtually due to coronavirus restrictions.

Becca, who has been playing the cello for four years, had to take a break from having lessons at school during lockdown, instead taking part in virtual music classes.

The Year 7 Avon Valley School student spent time at home practicing her four musical pieces, which were selected from the grade 2 syllabus and included The Flintstones, before performing her assessment online.

Shortly before students began their return to school, Becca received an email to confirm that she had passed her grade 2. Her certificate from The Associated Board the Royal Schools Music arrived in the post soon afterwards.

Avon Valley head teacher Alison Davies said: “The periods of lockdown have been very challenging for everyone. Many of our students have shown extraordinary amounts of determination and perseverance and have overcome barriers and challenges.

“It is wonderful to see that Becca has passed her music assessment, after spending time practising and learning her pieces. We hope that we’ll have opportunity to see her perform at school in the future.”

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