by STACEY HEANEY
Higginson who achieved a
Grade 8 distinction in Band
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By: Aidan O'Reilly
LISBURN boy Adam Higginson hit all the right
notes with his examiners when he achieved a Grade 8 Distinction
in his recent music exam, becoming his teacher's youngest pupil
to achieve the grade.
Adam, (13), a pupil with Brian Houston,
received the distinction in his exam for the Concert Flute from
the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London, and
will now go on to study for his Diploma. The Fort Hill College
pupil, who will have been studying the instrument for just four
years in September, has also been successful at various music
competitions and festivals.
His proud mum Behra commented, "We are very
proud, to get a Distinction in Grade 8 is something else. It is
such an achievement, but he has worked so hard to get it."
Adam's music teacher Brian Houston said,
"Adam is the youngest pupil I have had obtain this grade.
Usually students are older teenagers, 18 or 19, or perhaps 16 or
17 but Adam is three years ahead of himself.
"He has progressed really rapidly and has
done well in various festivals including the Holywood Music
Festival where he won solo flute competitions."
Brian, who also teaches at the Lisburn School
of Music, continued, "Adam has a real natural ability. He is a
very ardent student and is now going on to do his diploma. There
are three levels of diploma and in three years I would expect
him to have them all, the other diplomas after that are beyond
He concluded, "Adam works tremendously hard
at the instrument, he is diligent and hard working and is
constantly practising. He is a very competent young flautist and
I hope to see him take it up as a career."