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Susan passes Grade 8 piano in her 70th year


Susan Winter of Selby ward has just passed her Grade 8 Piano after taking her Grade 5 Piano exam over 50 years previously.  Just months before her 70th Birthday, Susan performed Scarlatti, Schubert and Beethoven to achieve the highest Grade in music examinations – which also awards her UCAS points!  Sue has worked for many months to achieve her goal which has been a life time ambition she never quite thought she’d achieve.  Susan said: “My husband George was the one who has provided so much encouragement to help me have the confidence to take up the piano again.  With regular lessons, a huge amount of practise and Heavenly Father’s support I have managed to achieve something that really was only a dream.” 


Sue plans to continue having lessons and is going to do an advanced piano duet exam next.  “It’s great to have something to work for – it keeps my mind active and I just love music.”  Sue is Selby Ward's Primary Pianist and sacrament meeting organist.  Bishop Nathan McNee said:” We are very blessed to have such a talented sister in our ward, Grade 8 is such an achievement and we are so proud of her.”  Her piano teacher, Karen Marshall, said:” For sheer hard work and determination, Sue is an example to us all.  It has been a privilege to see Sue progress to a level that many people never achieve.”

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