Eleanor took her grade four singing exam back in March and she's just been sent her certificate. To gain a distinction she needed to gain at least 87 marks out of 100, so with a score of 93 she was well within this.
The exam is split in to six parts, marks being given for each one. There are three songs, a vaccai voice exercise which is a short song in Italian, an aural test and musical knowledge. The first song Eleanor performed was Scarborough Fair and she gained full marks for this. There was only one mark dropped on each of the other two songs, Feed The Birds and I Don't Know How To Love Him. She's really enjoying learing to sing in Italian for her vaccai exercises, only one mark was dropped on this. She got full marks for her aural test but dropped four marks on her musical knowledge. It was only one small slip which she made, but at least it didn't cost her a distinction.
As you can see, she got some lovely comments from the examiner.
She's already started work on her grade five pieces, I hope she does just as well with that.