Bedford Modern School pupil named champion of Great Britain at traditional Irish music festival

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Modern Bedford student Adam Lloyd

A 10th year student from Bedford Modern School has been named the British Champion for Whistling at the National Traditional Irish Music Competition, despite being one of the youngest in his class.

Adam Lloyd triumphed in the 15-18 group at the All Britain Fleadh, which took place online on Sunday 27 June.

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

The annual competition typically attracts over 3,000 competitors and spectators and was due to be held in Coventry in 2021.

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

Adam had 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.

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

“He is a highly regarded member of our music faculty and I look forward to seeing him develop further over the next few years.”

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