Piano prodigy Joe Beadle has been awarded the LTCL (Licentiate of Trinity College London) diploma from Trinity College London – recognised by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) as the equivalent to an honours degree! 

At 15 years of age Joe is among the youngest in Britain to be qualified at this level. He had been working on four pieces since summer 2015 to perfect his performance for the final exam. 

Joe’s essay submission and recital of Mozart, Liszt and Ravel at Peregrine’s Pianos Studio in London was adjudged to meet the diploma standards.  

He said ” Preparing for the diploma was nerve-wracking and a real challenge, but it was a very enriching experience which allowed me to develop as a musician. My biggest thanks go to my amazing teacher, Fiona Harris at the Royal Academy of Music, who has supported me every step of the way these past six years. I feel so proud to have achieved the diploma – the long hours of practice finally paid off!” 

It has been a testing period for the multi-talented Berkhamsted pupil, who is sitting his mock GCSE exams this week, but he is already thinking ahead to the next stage. 

“I am looking forward to starting my A-Level studies at Berkhamsted this September, studying French, Spanish, Maths and English Literature. 

“In the future, I’d love to make a solo piano album that includes my interpretations of modern pop songs”

In addition to playing the piano, Joe has Grade 8 Distinctions in Drum Kit, French Horn and Organ. He is also a budding conductor and was notably seen directing the band in last year’s musical production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

As House Captain, his influence guided Bees to overall winners of the 2016 Boys’ House Music Competition. He has performed in front of HM The Queen, at the BBC Proms and toured with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

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