The Perse School

Perse pianist Emma Harris hits the right note to earn prestigious prize

12 Sep 2017

Emma Harris (Year 8) had the keys to success in clinching the prestigious Sheila Mossman Memorial Prize.

The honour is awarded to the candidate that achieves the highest mark nationally during a single exam period in ABRSM Grades 6, 7 and 8 on each instrument.

Emma did just that in earning Grade 8 in piano during the Lent Term with an incredible score of 148 out of 150.

Candidates have to pick three pieces to play, one from each of three sections, and her prize-winning effort included performances of a sonata by Scarlatti, a rondo by Beethoven and a nocturne by Paderewski.

Emma, who took up piano at the age of seven and also plays violin, said: “I was really happy when I found out I’d won it. I was surprised when I got my score back because I took the piano exam during Lent Term.

“You have to play musically and give a good performance even though the examiner is watching.”


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