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16 year-old pianist wins music scholarship of a lifetime

A TALENTED local pianist has scooped a prestigious music scholarship.

A TALENTED local pianist has scooped a prestigious music scholarship.

Alexander Fergusson, from Solihull, was one of seven students performing at the Heartfield- Wharam Scholarship Concert in a bid to win the scholarship fund for specialist music tuition.

The 16 year-old clinched The Sixth Form College’s top prize with his ‘Prelude and Fugue’ by Tryveg Madsen. Music teacher Chris Phelps said: “The standard this year was impressively high and that made picking a winner very difficult for me and the rest of the panel.

“The piano performances this year were particularly strong, but we could only pick one winner and in the end we decided that Alexander’s performance just edged it.

“He chose a technically very challenging piece and was consistent throughout.

“The reaction of the audiencein attendance told us thatwe had made the correct decision.”

The scheme allows the winner to partake in music lessons with an eminent performer of their choice.

Also highly commended was fellow student RosannaTodd, aged 17, from Shirley, who performed the ‘1st Movement from Sonatine’ by Maurice Ravel.

 

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