Chai Tephabutra (U6, BH) is the first pupil from College to gain a Rockschool Diploma.
For his diploma, Chai played jazz, film music and computer game music -- rather than the traditional classical music usually associated with College.
Chai, who is not doing A level music, undertook 2 years of preparation beyond Grade 8 to achieve his Diploma. He commented: "I needed a challenge after Grade 8 to push myself to improve my technique and musical ability. The style of music that Rockschool required suited my taste in music. Through lessons and playing in bands, College provided a framework for me to practise and explore different genres."
His teacher, Sara Espley, said "I am very proud of his achievement. It is rewarding to see music at College developing in so many different ways."