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A haul of prizes for Miriam, Ely Cathedral’s Sixth Form Organ Scholar

King’s Ely Sixth Form student and Ely Cathedral Organ Scholar, Miriam Reveley, has won a host of prizes in recognition of her organ playing, in her first ever organ examination!

Miriam, 16, not only passed the examination for the Colleague of the Royal College of Organists (CRCO) – an achievement very rare for someone of school age – but she also won numerous Royal College of Organists (RCO) prizes.

Miriam, who has been a member of Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir since Year 9, scooped the Limpus Prize, Frederick Shinn Prize and Durrant Prize; awarded to the candidate who gained the highest marks in the practical examination.

Miriam also won the Sowerbutts Prize and Durrant Prize, awarded to the candidate who gained the highest marks in the written paper; and the Freemasons’ Prize, awarded to the candidate who gained the highest aggregate marks for the whole examination.

Watch Miriam in action accompanying Ely Cathedral Choir:

Sarah MacDonald, Director of the girl choristers at Ely Cathedral, said:

“We are all so proud of Miriam! She is naturally gifted, but she also puts in an incredible amount of hard work, doing upwards of three hours of organ and piano practice every day. The RCO diplomas really are the gold standard internationally and for  someone to get one of those diplomas while still at school – and in what was their first ever organ exam – is very unusual indeed.”

Miriam was awarded the school’s Sixth Form Organ Scholarship in conjunction with Ely Cathedral, and she is currently studying Music, History and Religious Studies at A Level, whilst upholding all of her original commitments in the Cathedral Choir.

Miriam, whose home town is Bedford, hopes to study Music as an Organ Scholar at Cambridge or Oxford University, with the view to pursuing a career as a professional musician, either as an organist or director of music.

Well done, Miriam!  Warmest congratulations from everyone at FCM on such a wonderful achievement!  We wish you well in your future studies and shall be excited to hear where they take you.