Ellie’s future is black and white

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SHE’S only six years old and can’t even reach the piano pedals - but Ellie Tang has just been awarded a distinction in Grade Four with just 18 months of practice.

Adorable Ellie, who is from Orrell, blasted through Grade One Associated Board of the Royal School of Music examinations with complete ease before reaching her latest achievement which is considered to be around GCSE A/B standard.

Pianist Ellie Tang, six, from Orrell, at Symphony Music in Market Street

Pianist Ellie Tang, six, from Orrell, at Symphony Music in Market Street

The St James’s Primary School pupil enjoyed her latest exam so much, she wants to take it again!

Taking lessons at Symphony Music in Wigan, Ellie, who can reach seven keys with her tiny hands, is a private student of well-respected Wigan tutor Carol Wareing.

Carol who also works for the regional Music Service in schools, said: “Ellie is an absolute joy to teach and her talent continues to amaze me.

“I’m looking forward to what we can achieve in the coming year.”

With a bright future ahead of her, Ellie could be following in the footsteps of Mozart who was a competent pianist and composer by the age of five.

She is now working towards her Grade V involving possible works from Bach, Haydn, Liszt and Tchaikovsky.

Mum, Bess Ou, said: “When Ellie was about two, I realised that she loved to listen to classical music.

“She said to me when she was nearly five that she wanted to play the piano so I just let her go for lessons and it went from there.

“She passed her first exams and then her second and then her tutor thought there was no point in waiting so put her in for the next few.

“She loves to play and practises about an hour each day - if she doesn’t she feels uncomfortable.

“We are very proud of Ellie’s achievements but she doesn’t take it so seriously which is a good thing.”

David Bamford, owner of Symphony Music, said: “Carol is the consummate professional and her track-record speaks for itself.

“Every so often a student like Ellie comes along and shines a light on Carol’s ability to nurture innate talent.

“But what is more impressive is how she motivates and develops all of her students to achieve above and beyond.

“The quality of our tuition is the jewel in our crown and Carol is the perfect example of this.

“Our warmest congratulations to Ellie on this achievement.”