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Emma Hourihane overcomes spinal operation worries to achieve Music grading success

Emma Hourihane overcomes spinal operation worries to achieve Music grading success

A driven Rydal Penrhos pupil overcame the worries of a significant operation to achieve music grading success.

Emma Hourihane, a Year 10 pupil at the school, passed her Grade 4 Piano exam administered by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, just one day prior to a major spinal procedure.

The 14-year-old underwent an operation for Scoliosis (curvature of the spine) at Gobowen Hospital in Wrexham, which involved a spinal fusion lasting five and a half hours.

Mother Alison confirmed that the pupil is “recovering extremely well” from the operation and has grown 5.5 centimetres as a result.

“We are delighted with her success in her piano exam and of course pleased that she is returning fit and well to school on Monday,” she added.

The pupil is also a Chorister at St Asaph Cathedral and will begin working hard in the hope of further grading accomplishments in the future under the guidance of tutor Alan McGuinness.

Director of Music Pete Williams, said: “This is an absolutely extraordinary achievement and one that Emma can be enormously proud of.

“To pass a difficult grading with a serious operation looming over you is no mean feat, and what is equally as important is the fact that Emma is recovering well which we are delighted with.

“On behalf of everyone at Rydal Penrhos I would like to congratulate Emma and we look forward to welcoming her back for the start of spring term.”

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