Mu­sic holds the key for young­ster

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PRIDE OF BUCKS 2015 -

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.”

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