Bedford Modern School pupil named All Britain Champion at traditional Irish music festival

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Bedford Modern student, Adam Lloyd

A Year 10 student from Bedford Modern School has been named All Britain Champion for whistle playing at the national competition for traditional Irish Music, despite being one of the youngest in his category.

Adam Lloyd triumphed in the 15 – 18 age group at the All Britain Fleadh, which was held online on Sunday 27 June.

He also won two silver medals for slow air playing on both whistle and flute and a bronze for his flute playing.

The annual competition usually attracts more than 3,000 competitors and spectators and was due to be held in Coventry in 2021.

However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was held online and aired on the ‘Comhaltas in Britain’ website.

Adam was required to submit recordings of his performances for the regional heats and finals, and at the age of 15 he was one of the youngest to compete in his category. His winning performance consisted of a Hornpipe, a Jig and a Reel.

Assistant Director of Music at BMS, Mary Perry, commented: “Adam is a wonderful musician and I am delighted that he has been so successful in this competition.

“He is a very valued member of our Music Faculty and I look forward to seeing him develop further over the coming years.”

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