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Schoolboy wins his way through to the semi-finals of top musical competition

WINNER: Percussionist Elliott Gaston-Ross being filmed by the BBC

WINNER: Percussionist Elliott Gaston-Ross being filmed by the BBC

Talented schoolboy Elliot Gaston-Ross has won the Percussion Category Final of the prestigious BBC Young Musician of The Year competition.

The youngster, who attends Kirkham Grammar School, near Preston, now goes through to the national semi-finals and is the youngest in the youngest in the category.

The BBC sent a camera crew and director to film him at school with the swing band, before he took part in the finals at in the Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

Five performers had to play in front of an audience and a panel of adjudicators.

The category finals will be broadcast on BBC Four.

Elliott is am accomplished musician, playing a number of instruments.

Justine Crook, musical director at Kirkham Grammar School, paid tribute to the youngster and said: “Myself and everyone at the school is so proud of him and very excited about the semi-finals.

“He is a superb percussionist - his main instrument is a marimba (a percussion instrument consisting of a set of wooden bars struck with mallets to produce musical tones.).

“He has done an absolutely superb job and is so musical.

“He is only 15 and the youngest one in the percussion final.

“To achieve this standard at the age of 15 is brilliant.

“The nicest thing is he takes everything in his stride amend is such a lovely, lovely boy.

“He is a pleasure to teach and is so dedicated. He really loves his music and is an excellent musician.”

BBC Young Musician is the UK’s leading contest for young classical musicians and since its first outing in 1978 has established an enviable reputation for finding outstanding new talent.

BBC Young Musician Final will take place on 18 May 2014 at Usher Hall in Edinburgh in front of an audience and a panel of adjudicators. The final will be broadcast on BBC Four and Radio 3 on on Friday May 23

 

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