Flute LRSM Success!

d_thornton_lrsm_certHearty congratulations to Douglas Thornton for his latest accomplishment; he is now a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music.

Douglas learnt with me while at school passing his Advanced Certificate, which no longer exists though that’s not his fault. Then he moved away to study in higher education, eventually ending up in the Scottish Parliament.

Once established there, however, he had the good sense to restart his flute studies and after a while was ready for his DipABRSM, which he passed in York in 2011. For that exam he played the Bach E major Sonata and Berkeley Sonatina, for which I played the piano, and Varèse’s Density 21.5.

While still holding down his full-time job in Edinburgh, Douglas somehow managed to fit in enough practice to prepare a nicely balanced LRSM programme. This consisted of the Bach solo Partita in A minor, a Grand Solo by Tulou and Jolivet’s fiendish Chant de Linos.


Popping over for a lesson every now and then when returning to Leeds everything was finally ready and he took the exam in Edinburgh just before Christmas 2012.

Future plans include further study and professional work on the flute. So, congrats again. Job well done!

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