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This story is from Spennynews, Issue 147 - 25th July 2009

Kirk Merrington musicians achieve distinctions

When it comes to music, nearly 150 young people from throughout County Durham showed that they were finely tuned when it came to a top examination. They made a big and impressive noise when they sat the prestigious Trinity Guildhall Music Examinations with Durham Music Service. And the key to their success was highlighted when over 70 per cent of them achieved Merits and Distinctions across the complete range of examinations from Grade 1 to Grade 8 in brass, woodwind and strings. Jessica Stewart and Thomas Barratt, both aged 10, of Kirk Merrington Primary School, received distinctions after performing at Grade 1 trumpet level. A delighted Head of Service, Adrian Biddulph said: “We are immensely proud of our students’ success and the results are just reward for their efforts. It is also very satisfying for our dedicated team of teachers who have worked extremely hard with the students and congratulations quite rightly go out to everyone involved.” The last two weeks has also seen a celebration of young musicians’ talent in County Durham. Hundreds of infant, primary and secondary schools have been busy preparing and performing for end of year concerts, helped and supported by the Durham Music Service. The Service has supported progressive music making for all ages and with over 40 varying ensembles has brought schools, communities and families together to enjoy the magic of music.

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