On Sunday 27 June, Year 10 student Adam Lloyd, was named All Britain Champion for whistle playing in the 15-18 age group at the 2021 All Britain Fleadh, the national competition for traditional Irish music. 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 3000 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 on Sunday 27 June. 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, consisting of a Hornpipe, a Jig and a Reel, can be watched below:
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.”