Eve Of The War -From War Of The Worlds
My Funny Valentine
Aquarius -From Hair
The Slaves Chorus -From Nabucco
Mr Blue Sky
Night & Day
Can’t Buy Me Love
Dancing Queen -From Mamma Mia
The Second Waltz
Music To Watch Girls By
1492 - Conquest Of Paradise -From 1492
The 55 minutes of the recital did actually fly by quite quickly and at the end the Chief Examiner Philip Aldred stood up and walked forward towards me. I thought he was going to thank the audience for coming and to say that if they wanted to they could applaud now.
I knew from talking to Jayne & Gill that I was not likely to hear on the day if I had passed the exam as you were usually notified within the next couple of weeks by post, I was really not looking forward to having to wait but that’s the normal way things happen.
What he actually did say when he stood up will stay with me forever and left me completely shell shocked.
I was sat on my bench thinking “You’ve done the exam now if you don’t get it you've done your best” and I started relaxing for the first time in about 4 hours.
Philip turned to the audience and said “I have been an examiner with the London College of Music for over 30 years and being the Chief Examiner I get to break the rules on a few special occasions”
I’m sitting there thinking……….…….??
Then he continued “That was the best Fellowship for Electronic Organ that I have ever heard in all my years examining” “I’d like to congratulate you on your choice of program, arrangements & presentation”
I’m sat there thinking “Who’s he talking about??” “It can’t be me”
“I am going to award you your Fellowship right now” he then turned to his fellow examiner Ann and said “I’m glad you were here to hear this as it will be years before you hear another diploma on Electronic Organ of this level”
At this point I can’t speak and I’m starting to shake…….
I was completely speechless he came across shook my hand and handed me back one of the copies of the notes that I had produced for the diploma which he had signed and dated.
All I could manage to say was “Thank you” and that took some doing.
I looked across at the 3 wonderful ladies that had helped me to get to this day and to get this result which even on the day I didn’t think would happen.