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Piano Grade Five Exam – 8 July 2011

UPDATE: I later found that I passed this exam after all, with a mark of 114/150.

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This morning saw me taking my Grade Five piano exam, something I’ve been practising for for several months. My three chosen pieces were Bach’s Air: 4th Movement from Partita No 6 in E Minor, BWV 830, Gedike’s Miniature in D Minor, and Ernest Bloch’s Joyous March.

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A Day of Disasters – 30 March 2010

Today hasn’t been one of the best, but I’m glad it’s over now. For example, I had my saxophone exam during school hours.

So, I was happily being driven along, and we arrived. Remaining “cool, calm, and collected with charm” I set about arranging my pieces. Once they were all in order, and I had warmed up, I proceeded to the exam room. The first piece went pretty well. But things went pretty pear-shaped when the examiner (a nice-enough chap) asked me to remove my crook (part of the instrument) to get the water out. As I was putting it back on and tightening the screw, the screw broke, leaving me with a broken saxophone just ONE-piece into the exam.

It was – to say the very least – an unmitigated disaster.

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From that point on, my confidence was totally knocked, not to mention the fact that the mouthpiece kept slipping making playing the instrument very hard. I know, then, that I have failed the exam; but I do hope I haven’t failed it too harshly.

Back at school, and I give the Mini-DV cameras back which I borrowed yesterday for filming the dance show. Then, I realise that I had forgotten the Mini-DV tapes, so the ICT technicians were less than best pleased.

The lessons actually weren’t that bad at school, though I did lose my Games Football kit in either English or Food Tech, so I’ll have to look for that tomorrow.

There was a glimmer of good news, when our school’s head of ICT lent me a brand new, hairy, Sony Hi-Def camcorder. I think I was the first person to use it properly, and came in very handy when I was re-recording the angle which completely mucked up yesterday.

Of course, you don’t know how well it’s all come out until the edit, but we can live in hope.

Thank you for reading,

Andrew