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By Thomas Hanley
Annan and Eskdale
Exam success for music pupils

A MUSIC school in Gretna has been celebrating a successful summer for 12 of its pupils.

Five students from the Scottish Academy of Music and Drama achieved their DipLCM (Diploma of the London College of Music), whilst another seven attained distinctions in exams, both in various musical disciplines.
Rebecca Hunt, Philip Johnston, Jeremy Robinson and John Thomson all attained their DipLCM, whilst Hannah Ord attained her DipMusLCM.
Meanwhile, Catriona Arthur, Ethan Carter, Faith Carter, Emily Johnson, Mario Mezullo, Amy Nash and Hannah Robinson all achieved distinctions in exams, with Hannah achieving an impressive 98 per cent in her Grade 3.
When principal Zelda Hill opened the Central Avenue Academy in January 2015, she did so with the aim of imparting knowledge that would see every student, with hard work and dedication, develop into talented and technically adept musicians.
But even Zelda has been overwhelmed with the success that her students and the academy have achieved in a relatively short space of time.
She puts it down to the passion, hard work and experience of her teachers, such as Dorothy King who has previously performed all over the world as part of Scottish Opera.
Prospective students and anyone interested in the Academy are invited to an open day on September 10 from 12 noon to 4 pm. Current students will be performing and their will be opportunities to tour the school.

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