Music holds the key for youngster
AN OUTSTANDING young musician has been nominated for a Pride of Bucks award.
12-year-old Alexander Pullen, of Tilsworth Road, Beaconsfield, has a list of musical achievements that has left family members ‘amazed’.
He has been offered places at both the Junior Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music.
Alexander, a pupil at St Clements Danes School, also goes to Amersham Music Centre on Saturday mornings where he plays and sings in various ensembles including the and choir.
He plays percussion, drums, piano and guitar, has sung solo in his school’s commemoration service, played a xylophone solo in a Christmas concert to raise money for Scannappeal and has competed in various guitar and composition classes in the Chesham and Marlow Arts Festivals.
He joined the Bucks County Youth Orchestra after only half a term at secondary school despite being the youngest member of the group at the time.
Alexander also plays percussion in the Chalfont Wind Band and has made it into the Bucks Youth Orchestra, who are playing the Albert Hall in June and going to Budapest in July.
His mother, Joanna Pullen, called the nomination a “privilege” and added: “For me as a parent it’s fantastic and I’m very, very proud, and my husband would say exactly the same.”
She added: “I’m amazed with the amount of energy and drive and commitment he has.”
“We’re both very, very proud of his achievements at such a young age but he just takes it all in his stride.”
Describing her son as “very driven,” Mrs Pullen said: “A lot of people remark on how gifted he is. He’s got so much energy.”
But she isn’t about to let her son become too big headed any time soon.
She said: “I think it’s important for him to remain grounded, while we do recognise there’s something special there.”