It was the end of an era and the beginning of a new chapter today as I received my Master’s degree from the Royal Academy of Music with distinction. It was a wonderful surprise to also be awarded a R.A.M. Regency Award for ‘notable achievement’. I am incredibly grateful to the Academy for its nurturing environment, round the clock support and inspiring atmosphere – I will miss it a great deal, but I’m sure I will be back! I am especially grateful to my wonderful teacher, Karen Vaughan, who has been my coach, mentor and moral supporter for a whole six years! I am glad to think that this partnership will continue even in the context of professional life!