Aileen is destined for the top ‘accordion’ to prestigious academy!

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A TALENTED teenager who plays the accordion has won a place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Aileen Sweeney (17) has been given an unconditional offer on the BEd course in classical accordion at the conservatoire (formally known as the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama)

Aileen said: “My dad had an accordion in the loft and he taught me a few tunes when I was about 12. Then I started getting lessons.

“At first I played ceilidh tunes. Then I moved on to classical.”

Aileen was taught by Djordje Gajic who was trained in Moscow and is a well-known name in the accordion world.

The 6th year Turnbull High School pupil, who is studying for an Advanced Higher in music, currently attends the Junior Conservatorie on Saturdays.

Aileen, pictured, is also a member of the Celtic rock group Keep it Reel.

She hopes to continue with her band and eventually become a music teacher.

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