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    Originally Posted by LazyMum
    Definitely affirming! She's worked hard, consistently, for a long time at the rehearsals, so finally 'getting there' feels great for her. She's very proud of herself. Plus, she's excited that her friends can come see what she's been working on for the better part of a year. smile
    Wishing her great success and fun (& bigger role offers if that is something that she would want)!

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    Thanks Eagle Mum! smile

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    DS later learned that he had to restrict his Encore audition submissions to the pieces he performed in his HSC practical exam 😕, which he has done, but it held him back from going full speed ahead now that he has finished school.

    Now that that’s done, his first recent upload, in response to one of his subscriber’s requests, is his own arrangement of ‘All too well’, the original song by Taylor Swift:

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    This is awesome, Eagle Mum! What fun to watch, and enjoy seeing him being enveloped in his music. Thanks for sharing.
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    Lovely! It's particularly fun to see how much his music has grown just since the first upload to his channel.


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    Originally Posted by indigo
    This is awesome, Eagle Mum! What fun to watch, and enjoy seeing him being enveloped in his music. Thanks for sharing.
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    Thank you again for your kind comments. I am so pleased that he is free to explore whatever he wants for the next three months. I’ve always carried burdens of other people’s expectations and I’m so happy that the kids have opportunities to explore the things that interest them. My eldest enjoyed a gap year and she benefitted in so many ways from having that time. We’re fortunate that we are able to also offer one to DS and he’s contemplating our offer.

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    Originally Posted by aeh
    Lovely! It's particularly fun to see how much his music has grown just since the first upload to his channel.

    Thank you very much for your kind feedback.
    He started relatively late with music at around age 10, so his journey so far has only been seven years (hence channel name will change next year). He performed his first ever original composition ‘Scenes on a dirt bike ride’ in an eisteddfod at age 13 and the judge gave him a score of 93 (he was the only entrant in his division), but he is determined to transition from ‘cute amateur’ to ‘serious & mature’ in his composition, so we repeatedly offer him professional lessons but he is firmly independent. He is having a great time which is heartwarming to see.

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    DS has had a great year at uni as an enrolled R & D Engineering student, achieving straight HDs, including a second year maths function course he chose as an elective subject. He threw himself into college life as the choir pianist and member of the first grade running team, so, unfortunately, had little time for music composition (he also tutors to reduce his financial dependence on us even though I am keen to support him to free up his time). He is now back home between academic years with a bit more time on his hands (when not chauffeuring his younger sister around) and has just uploaded his performance of his arrangement of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Castle on the Hill’ on YouTube:

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    Fabulous!
    Great to listen to.
    Interesting to watch; he has some very fast hand movements.
    I am impressed.
    Thank you for sharing, Eagle Mum.
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    I like his music. Tutoring sounds like a fun job.

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