Flute-playing Festival winner wows studio!


 

Leah Hallinon, flute, Eastbourne Music & Arts Festival, CMP prizes, CMP Studios, Eastbourne, East Sussex

One of this year’s Eastbourne Music & Arts Festival winners had a fantastic (free) recording session at CMP today, which she’d been awarded as part of her Festival prize.

Moira House Girls School student Leah Hallinon has been playing the flute for the past two years, and has already taken her grade 5 flute ABRSM exam (the result for which has yet to be announced)!

The 13-year-old won the Patricia Bathe Trophy for the Woodwind & Brass Under 16 Solo section at the Festival (back in mid February), so it’s safe to say that the past few months have been fairly busy for her!

Leah Hallinon, flute, Eastbourne Music & Arts Festival, CMP prizes, CMP Studios, Eastbourne, East Sussex

Pianist Wendy in action!

Leah scored an impressive 86 points in the competition, and so a certificate of Distinction was also awarded to her – along with that trophy mentioned earlier, upon which Leah’s name has now been engraved!

It was not until the Festival had finished that one of its chairmen rang up Leah’s parents to inform them that she’d been awarded yet another (3rd!) award: the ‘CMP Studios Recording Prize’ for the most outstanding performer in the Solo Singing, Piano, Strings, and Woodwind & Brass sections!

This Recording Prize gave Leah the unique opportunity to record her flute in a professional studio such as CMP, in order to make her very own CD – and she even got to take home three copies of it as part of her special prize!

Leah Hallinon, flute, Eastbourne Music & Arts Festival, CMP prizes, CMP Studios, Eastbourne, East Sussex

Leah reaching the end of a great performance!

Accompanied by Wendy on the piano, Leah performed the following two pieces on her trusty flute:

Allegro (second movement from Sonata in F) – by G.F. Handel

Nobody Knows – by Christopher Norton

We wish Leah the best of luck for her grade 5 exam result, but going on what we’ve heard today, we doubt that she’ll need it!

 

UPDATE: We can now confirm that Leah has passed her grade 5 flute exam, with distinction – a brilliant result!