July 12, 2008
Violinist in a Class of His Own
A YOUNG fiddle player from Scotland yesterday became the first performer ever at Llangollen to be officially classed as "exceptional".
Previously any performers who scored 90% or more were classed only as "excellent", but with so many coming into that category Eisteddfod organisers decided to classify as "exceptional" anyone who achieved 95% or more.
Graham Mackenzie, 16, of Inverness, so impressed the judges in the Celtic instrumental solo competition yesterday that he scored more than 95%.
"I'm shocked," he said when told.
He has played the fiddle since he was six, and won the Celtic solo competition at Llangollen last year.
He also took part in a separate competition yesterday with the Mackenzie Ensemble - with music-teacher mum Alison on the piano and brother Robbie, 12, on second fiddle.
"I'm very proud of Graham," she said.
"We've been performing as a family for six years."
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