What a unique opportunity it is to host two ABRSM examiners as our artists in residence here at Wycombe Abbey International School in Changzhou.
Together Mr Peter Noke and Dr Julian Hellaby have over 50 years of ABRSM experiences to share with our pupils. Our special guests were most impressed with how quickly the music program has grown as well as the vast array of opportunities that are presented to our pupils.
Twelve WAIS pupils were featured in the piano masterclasses conducted by the visiting musicians – Primary: Joey Zhang (Year 2), Lina Bai (Year 3), Joy Chen (Year 4), Yoyo Zhang (Year 6), Sun Zhuang (Year 6); Secondary: Daisy Xu (Year 7), Jason Zhang (Year 7), Chris Zhang (Year 8), Sophia Li (Year 8), William Lin (Pre-A), Hailey Gu (Year 10) and Helen Sui (Year 10).
Each of these performers received a certificate signed by the two international pianists as a recognition for their achievement.
Over 60 pupils who learn piano through individual lessons attended the masterclasses, covering topics relating to how to improve posture, pedaling, rhythm, phrasing, dynamics and score reading.
Our pupils left the masterclasses with a stronger desire to improve their piano playing further.