Young Norfolk Musician Passes Prestigious Exam
A talented young musician from Blofield has passed the prestigious grade 8 exam with flying colours.
Alfred Wells Dion, achieved a 97pc pass rate in his keyboard exam, aged just 14.
A keen musician, the Year 10 student from Thorpe St Andrew high school, also plays the violin and piano, and hopes one day to be a professional musician.
“I’m not stopping here,” said Alfred, who also enjoys writing music in his spare time, “I’m hoping to do a diploma next, depending on how much work I have to do for my GCSEs, but I’ll carry on with all the instruments.”
Proud keyboard teacher Rory Marsden, said: “He is very consistent, and always does what he’s asked to do. The grade he has achieved is phenomenal.”
Mr Marsden said that the keyboard is a very different instrument from the piano, as it can be treated like an “orchestra in a box,” and is more like a music making computer.
The keyboard can simulate other instruments and includes a drum machine which can be adapted for backing tracks.
With both Alfred’s sisters, Bathsheba, 17, and Zipora, 11, also playing three instruments, the music student comes from a talented family.
“I’m very impressed with him, we provided the resources and encouraged the children, but they’ve all played because they want to,” said Peter Dion, Alfred’s father. “His sister has recently achieved her third distinction at grade 8.”
Alfred began playing the keyboard as part of the Norfolk County Music Service (NCMS) but now takes private lessons.
“The music service programme provides and excellent service,” said Mr Marsden, who has been a keyboard teacher for 10 years and works for the NCMS.
Alfred’s music teacher said playing other instruments has definitely helped improve his ability, especially as Alfred also studies music theory.