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Tuxford teenager Christian Aldridge crowned Independent Schools’ Association’s musician of the year

A teenager has been named Young Musician of the Year for a second time in a national competition.

Christian Aldridge (pictured) 13, of Tuxford, was crowned the Independent Schools’ Association’s musician of the year for his age group.

The competition is open to 110,000 pupils from more than 600 schools across the country ­— and just three musicians made the top spot.

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

Eight months ago, he won the Woodard Schools’ musician of the year competition, open to the 30,000 pupils across Woodard’s 39 academies, independent and state-maintained schools.

A talented musician, Christian has been studying at the Northern College of Music since September ­— managing his studies at Worksop College alongside attending the prestigious music school on Saturdays.

Director of music at Worksop College Tim Uglow said: “Christian’s continuously high levels of motivation and desire to refine his playing, combined with his natural talent, are the key qualities that any musician needs to succeed.

“The fact that he has been able to continue this throughout the lockdown eras has helped him outperform his competitors in recent competitions. We are incredibly proud of him.”

Christian’s winning performance was conducted live over Zoom, and his piece on the marimba ­— a large percussion instrument with notes made of wood­ — impressed the judges.

His father, Phil Aldridge, is also a musician and accompanied Christian on the piano as he played a piece by Italian composer Vittorio Monti called Csárdás ­— a Hungarian folk dance.

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