A gifted local schoolboy will follow in the footsteps of 19 British Prime Ministers and Royalty when he takes his place at Eton College next September.
However, unlike the national elite, Alex Wilson, 16, from Burgh le Marsh won’t be paying the annual fees because he has won a place on sheer merit thanks to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Scholarship.
This is awarded to a boy who has been educated to date in the UK maintained sector and is a musical high-flyer with a track record as an outstanding instrumentalist. Additionally, the applicant had to meet the school’s academic requirements.
His proud mum Tania said that Alex has played the piano since the age of five years old.
“He began with a family friend April Chapman from the Piano Academy on Lincoln Road Skegness who encouraged him to progress and developed him to a standard good enough to apply to the Royal Schools of Music. At eight years old Alex gained a place to study piano and jazz piano at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
“Aged 11 he was awarded the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Sheila Mossman Prize for achieving the highest marks in the country for grade seven piano.
“Following that he was the recipient of the RNCM Ian McPherson prize awarded to an outstanding student age 12-14. He has also been awarded several prizes locally.
“Alex has been supported by the Duchess of Kent’s music charity Future Talent for the last five years.
!They have contributed to his Royal Northern College of Music fees every year and provided exceptional opportunities for him.
“We are extremely grateful to them for their support over the years.”
Alex, who is a pupil at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Alford and inspired by jazz pianist Oscar Peterson , has performed as a soloist many times as part of a duet and a jazz trio. He has also performed for the Duchess of Kent many times and provided the music for a reception at Downing Street.
He said : ““Preparing for my Eton audition and interviews was particularly challenging as I was studying for my mock GCSE’s at the same time.
“It was an enormous amount of hard work, but clearly, well worth it.
“I was very apprehensive whilst waiting to hear the outcome, as it had been my ambition for many years to apply for an Eton Scholarship.
“A week later the letter arrived and my parents brought it to school at break time.
“I was absolutely elated to read that I had been awarded the Lloyd Webber Scholarship. “