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Tuxford boy, 12, named Young Musician of the Year in Woodard School contest

A boy who has played the drums since the age of three has been named Young Musician of the Year in a competition.

Christian Aldridge, 12, of Tuxford, beat 120 others to take top prize at the Woodard School contest.

Christian Aldridge, 12, of Tuxford. (35756491)
Christian Aldridge, 12, of Tuxford. (35756491)

Christian’s winning performance was streamed live over Zoom with his piece on the marimba — a large percussion instrument — impressing the panel of judges.

His father, Phil Aldridge, also a musician, accompanied Christian on the piano as he played a piece called ‘Csárdás, a Hungarian folk dance.

The competition is open to the 30,000 pupils across Woodard’s 39 academies, independent and state-maintained schools.

Christian is to start at the Royal Northern College of Music in September, where he will manage his studies at Worksop College alongside attendance at the music school on Saturdays.

“We have been absolutely thrilled with all the encouragement he’s had,” said Phil.

“He’s had so many opportunities — this is just one example. We can’t imagine that having happened anywhere else. We are thrilled for him.”

Dr John Price, head at Worksop College, said: “Anyone who has heard Christian play can attest to his immense skill and talent.

“We are incredibly proud of him and look forward to seeing him go from strength to strength as his musicianship develops.”

You can watch Christian’s award-winning performance online. Go to shorturl.at/wzZ47

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