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    Musician Achieves ARSM Diploma

    Outstanding Achievement for Sixth Form cellist.

    Talented Sixth Form cellist Felicity Choy-Winters (Fiz) has achieved the Associate of the Royal Schools of Music (ARSM) Diploma, a post-Grade 8 exam, passing with Merit. This is an outstanding achievement from one of the school’s leading musicians and a rare occurrence for a student to reach such a level while still in secondary education.

    The demanding exam in music performance involved compiling and presenting a balanced half-hour recital programme, featuring contrasting pieces and containing a variety of moods, keys and tempi. Fiz’s programme included music by Beethoven and Kenneth Leighton, as well as the first movement of Chopin's Cello Sonata.

    The 18-year-old, who joined us in the First Form, has made an enormous contribution to musical life at Kimbolton. During the past seven years she has played an active role in the School Choir, Chamber Choir and Orchestra; this year she takes on the role of Eponine in our musical production Les Misérables (13-15 Feb).

    Now in her final year at Kimbolton, Fiz is balancing her love of music with studying for A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths – as well as working towards her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. She says: “Longer-term I’m hoping for a career as a vet but I will always enjoy playing my cello – I’m looking forward to joining a university orchestra and a quartet.”

    Mr David Gibbs, Director of Music, said: “We are delighted with Fiz's recent success and we are immensely proud of her achievements. Fiz is an outstanding musician who has made the most of the breadth of musical opportunities offered at Kimbolton and it is fitting that her talents have been recognised in this way. Although she is currently applying to read Veterinary Science at University, I have no doubt that music and her cello will always remain a core part of her life.”

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