Modest Lucy’s playing wins awards

Lucy Whitlock who has won a national piano award
Lucy Whitlock who has won a national piano award
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LUCY Whitlock has won two awards for her piano playing, yet still says she is not good enough to do it professionally.

But her piano teacher Gill Garside admits: “She’s my biggest success, a lovely player.”

Lucy, 17, of Cumberland Avenue, Bury St Edmunds, has been taking piano lessons since she was eight and recently took her grade eight piano exams, assessed by the Board of the Royal School of Music.

She did so well that she won the Anne Barbanell Prize for the highest pianoforte marks in Suffolk and the Sheila Mossman Memorial Prize for the highest marks in the country.

“I took the exam, received the marks and then a few weeks later I had a letter telling me I’d won the awards,” Lucy said. “My piano teacher had to tell me what it was about.”

Lucy is currently waiting to hear what grades she achieved in A-level music, English literature and geography at Bury’s County Upper School and hopes to go on to study music at university.

“I don’t think I’m good enough to do it professionally,” she said. “But I think I’ll carry on playing.”