Music exam success for Catherine and Emma

Two of Sir John Deane’s most gifted and talented musicians are celebrating exam success after achieving coveted Music diplomas, awarded by the ABRSM and London College of Music. 

Catherine Flanders, DipABRSM, who plays the trumpet, and Emma Drew, DipLCM, who plays trombone, both recently passed the gold-standard professional qualification, which comes post Grade 8 and is awarded to those who show exceptional musical ability. 

Alison Richards, Head of Performing Arts at Sir Joh Deane’s Sixth Form College, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and is extremely rare for us to have one student, let alone two, playing at such a high level at this age.

“Both girls are extremely dedicated to their music and are a joy to listen to - we have been extremely lucky to hear them both perform at College events throughout the year so far.”

Catherine, a former pupil at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, started playing the trumpet at the age of six, and takes lessons at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music. She also has a Grade 8 with Distinction on the piano and will be taking Grade 8 on orchestral percussion later this term.

Emma, who previously attended Middlewich High School, started off playing trumpet in primary school before switching to trombone. Emma is also a Grade 8 on the piano.

Both girls are active members in numerous groups and ensembles, both in and out of Sir John Deane’s. Catherine has performed with the Love Music Trust Big Band and Percussion Ensemble, Silk Brass Band, Foden’s Youth Brass Band and the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, while Emma plays with the Lions Youth Band and previously Foden’s Youth Band, Cheshire Music for life Big Band and Cheshire Youth Orchestra.

Catherine, who is studying A levels in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics and hopes to study physics or aerospace engineering at university, while Emma, who is studying Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology has applied to the University of York to study Chemistry.












 Pictured above: Catherine Flanders, left, and Emma Drew