Today my eldest daughter got the results of her recent piano exam, a pass, but only a few marks shy of a merit. She’s been learning for just on 3 years now, and took her ABRSM Grade 5 exam (from a standing start) a fortnight back. She was incredibly nervous, but controlled it, went in, answered all the examiners questions, and played her three pieces beautifully.
As someone whose musical talents roughly extend to pressing “play” on the squeezebox remote, I find her talent and abilities quite simply unfathomable. But I am incredibly proud of her too – she worked hard for this, and deserved the good result.