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Donal McCann has always had a certain ‘star’ status in the College, due to his exceptional talents as an organist and pianist. He has been accompanying many of the choirs since form 1 and throughout his career in the College he has won numerous organ and piano playing competitions. Last week, this very modest and unassuming fifth former received two pieces of very exciting news. 

 First, he attained the Associate of the Royal College of Organists (ARCO) Diploma for organ. It is exceptional for a musician to be awarded this diploma at such a young age given the high standard of professional competency in organ playing demanded of those awarded the qualification. Donal, however, excelled himself and also achieved the Limpus/Shinn/Durrant prize which is awarded to the candidate gaining the highest marks in the practical examination and the Lord St Audries Prize, which is awarded to the candidate gaining the highest mark in the practical exam under the age of 19. His success will be celebrated at a Conferment Ceremony in Southwark Cathedral on the 14th of March which Donal will attend with his parents.


In September, Donal will move from Methodist College to Eton College, having surpassed 84 other applicants from around the world to win the prestigious, Lloyd Webber Foundation Music Scholarship. Even to be considered for audition for this award, DonaI had to achieve the rigorous academic standards required of Eton scholars. This was followed by four gruelling days of assessment and evaluation including written papers, a practical music exam (on both piano and organ) as well as subject interviews for all of his chosen A level subjects (Music, Latin, Physics & Chemistry). 

Although we will be sorry to bid farewell to Donal at the end of 5th Form, we wish him all the very best at Eton and look forward to hearing of his further successes in the future.


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