Twins Charles and Frederick are perfectly in tune for exam success

PUBLISHED: 08:02 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 08:02 28 February 2018

L to R: Charles Fenton Tun,  cello teacher Mr Ellis and Frederick Fenton Tun. Picture: Contributed.

L to R: Charles Fenton Tun, cello teacher Mr Ellis and Frederick Fenton Tun. Picture: Contributed.


A set of twins from Great Dunmow have achieved among the highest marks in the UK in their cello exams.

Charles Fenton Tun, 11, won the Trinity Exhibitioner’s Award after achieving an almost perfect score of 99 out of 100 in his Grade 5 exam, with his brother, Frederick scoring 97.

Both boys study at Felsted Preparatory School.

The twins, who are now among the top musicians of their age, started playing the cello at seven-years-old and have since progressed to Grade 7 standard.

The twins’ mother, Emma Fenton Tun said: “We are very proud of what both boys have achieved and look forward to watching them develop. I think it was the combination of head of music, Mr Rees’ enthusiasm as well as their excellent teacher, Charles Ellis, who ignited the spark in both Charles and Frederick.

“Felsted have been amazingly flexible in their approach to time-tabling lessons and supporting the boys’ interests. Charles and Frederick enjoy a really broad range of activities along with other pupils, including team sports and public speaking.”

Head of music at Felsted Preparatory School, Owen Rees said: “We are very proud of the boys’ musical achievements as they have worked so hard to reach this level at their age. We must also congratulate Mr Ellis, their cello teacher, for his dedication to teaching Charles and Frederick, and encouraging so many young cellists at Felsted.

“It is brilliant that our other pupils can be inspired by hearing the boys play regularly at school.”

The boys first started to play the cello as part of the Felsted Strings initiative, which allows children at the school to learn a stringed instrument throughout the year.

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