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The Visit

Our first Associated Board special visit took place yesterday afternoon. Having become increasingly fed up with the local centre, where there is nowhere to warm up and the exam room is tiny, I decided that our set up could hardly be any worse… The required amount of examining time was found, the date was chosen and the entry was made. Three weeks later I had a phone call from the examiner himself(!) and the details were confirmed.

Yesterday morning was spent moving furniture, in order to transform the lounge into a relatively spacious exam room – while the kitchen became a waiting/warm up room. At times, the waiting area became quite ‘cosy’ but this made it seem a bit more ‘homely’ and relieved the tension. It also gave parents an opportunity to chat – and for everyone to keep watch on the bird feeder.

The examiner, Mr Wardle, was quite charming and put the candidates at their ease. There were a few nerves, in both the young and the not-quite-so young, but that is perfectly normal. Everyone played their part – especially the steward who made the tea so soon after his Grade 7 exam, and helped with the furniture removals.

Now we wait for the results – fingers crossed that everyone is satisfied…

Latest News!

5th February 2012

Lincoln Music Festival date has been confirmed as 13th March.

Grantham Music Festival date has been confirmed as 8th March.

Associated Board exam date has now been confirmed for 24th February – time to step up the practice!


The site is growing very slowly. I hope it will eventually have enough content to attract some interest from fellow musicians – and maybe a few new students..?

Sheila Richards

I’m new to WordPress so this is just an introduction – there will be more to follow!  I will gradually be adding pages to reflect my various musical activities of teaching, conducting, arranging and publishing. For now you might like to look at another page as a taster…

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