Eight-year-old who's grade 8: Pint-sized pianist becomes youngest ever to pass exam

After he was booted off Britain’s Got Talent, eight-year-old Curtis Elton’s dreams could have been shattered.

But the piano-playing child prodigy has just shown his determination after he became what is thought to be the youngest person in the UK to pass the Associated Board’s grade 8 piano exam.

Curtis, who has been playing since he was four, was told by Louis Walsh that he was ‘amazing’ and was ‘really going somewhere’ after he performed on the television talent show earlier this year.

Prodigy: Curtis Elton has become the youngest person ever to pass the Associated Board's grade eight piano exam

Good teacher: Curtis was taught by his mother Hayley, who is a professional concert pianist

But despite receiving a standing ovation from the judges, he was told he had not made the cut just two days before he was due to travel to London for the next round.

The protégé, who became the youngest person in the country to pass his grade 1 piano exam at four-years-old and is also an accomplished ice skater, has been taught by his mother, a professional concert pianist.

Despite his success he does not want to follow her footsteps by playing professionally though, he wants to be a doctor.

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