Striking a successful chord or two ...

Published on: 28 Jul 2017

MANGOTSFIELD’S Bristol Rock Centre (BRC) is celebrating year-on-year increased exam success, with students achieving record results. 

Director Rich Thornton said: “Not only did our students gain consistently high scores, but one of them also attained the highest possible grade.”

All 15 students who took music exams at BRC passed – 12 with a Merit, scoring 74% or more, and two with a Distinction – scoring over 90%.  Students of all ages took exams from Grade 1 to 4 in drums, bass and guitar, while Tom Purnell, aged 17, gained the highest level – Grade 8 in guitar.

Tom said: “I am glad to have completed the highest music grade. Now, I aim to test myself with a level 4 diploma exam in guitar, then 2018 attend a music university where I can study to become a guitar teacher myself!”

Bristol Rock Centre provides tuition in guitar, bass guitar, drums and vocals, stages regular music gigs and workshops, is an accredited examination centre for Rockschool (the national rock and pop music exam board) and runs corporate team building days.  

It hosted two gigs in July - a night of psychedelia, freakbeat, glam, punk and rock from BRC tutors and students at The Thunderbolt and a night of hard rock from three all-female bands at Exchange, Old Market. 

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