Congratulations go to Amy Pearton who has been awarded the CMST Pupil of The Month award for June, 2017.

Amy is an outstanding musician and is a pupil at Torpoint Community College. Louise Gallie (CMST Woodwind Teacher) has been teaching Amy for several months and is delighted with her rate of progression and commitment to her music making. Amy is about to take her Grade 5 exams in Theory, Piano and Clarinet and it is on the latter instrument that Amy has demonstrated some exceptional commitment.

Louise commented “Amy's ambition is to join the Royal Marines Band Service. Due to my own experiences, I have been able to make suggestions regarding what she can do to gain experience to support her ambitions and one of these was to join an ensemble. Due to the location in which we live, Plymouth was an easier option to look for options and subsequently, Amy is now 2nd/1st Clarinet with Plymouth Youth Concert Band, under the direction of Mr Barrie Mills (ex director of music, Royal Marines). Such is the location of the local area, Amy has to travel, without complaint and alone, by bus for 40 minutes to get to rehearsals and a 50 minute journey home: this demonstrates her level of commitment.  Playing in an ensemble has increased Amy's musical ability and confidence and she has become more of a well-rounded musician and valued member of the band, often sitting on 1st clarinet, receiving praise on regular occasions from Mr Mills. I’ve no doubt that Amy will further her experience in ensemble playing in the coming months.”

Gareth Churcher, Head of Service for CMST, said “This month we had exceptionally high levels of nominations for the award however, Amy’s commitment to her music making and in particular the levels of commitment demonstrated in attending her ensemble, meant that Amy just pipped the rest of the cohort to receive this month's award. Well done Amy!”