Rebecca can turn her hand to any instrument

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THERE is no end to the musical talent of 15-year-old Rebecca Armstrong.

The former King’s Park pupil plays the piano, the violin and the flute and recently took up the bagpipes.

After only four weeks as a piper Rebecca was asked to play at Stormont for a group of dignitaries.

Rebecca, who lives in Dollingstown and is studying for her GCSEs at Banbridge Academy, started playing the piano when she was in Primary Three. She’ll be doing her grade eight exam in June.

She plays the piano during services in Moira Methodist Church and is hoping to move onto the organ.

The 15-year-old also plays the flute in Corcrain band and is at grade six with the violin.

As if that wasn’t enough, in February she started to learn the bagpipes and after just a month she was so proficient that she was asked to perform at Stormont at the launch of the Ulster-Scots Foundation Certificate in Highland Bagpiping. It was her first time playing pipes in public

Rebecca’s musicianship featured on BBC Radio Ulster’s Ulster Scots programme ‘A Kist O Words’.

She’s joined Battlehill Pipe Band and is looking forward to entering competitions with the band.

Rebecca’s family reckon her musical abilities come from her great grandfather Robert Turkington, who taught and played in Captain Johnston Memorial Pipe Band, Lurgan. Rebecca’s great Aunt - Belle Matthews - was also a member.

If she continues to develop at this rate, Rebecca will soon be able to compete with full-size orchestras!