A MUSICAL youngster has astonished his parents and teacher after passing a prestigious piano exam at the tender age of 10.
Matthew Ward enjoys nothing more than playing football and other sports like most other schoolboys his age.
But when he is not using his physical energy, Matthew enjoys playing the piano and has done since he was four years old.
He had his first lesson just before his fifth birthday with music teacher Ruth Bonner and has progressed so quickly that he has just passed his grade five piano exam – which is usually taken by teenagers or adults.
His proud teacher Ruth said: “Anyone getting a grade five is a massive achievement but particularly for someone aged 10.
“Most people don’t start lessons until then. I didn’t do my grade five until I was about 14-years-old.
“Matthew is a pleasure to teach and he’s really enthusiastic.
“He’s always looking forward to the next challenge.”
She added: “His parents haven’t made him do it, he wants to do it and just loves playing. He sets the pace, and he’s chosen to knuckle down and work really hard which has got him to where he is.
“I’m really proud of him, it’s a real big achievement and he deserves it.”
Matthew, who practises a number of classical tunes along with more modern songs such as Abba and Take That, was awarded his certificate by the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music.