Pi­anist wins pub­lic vote to pitch al­bum idea

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

A PI­ANIST has made it through to the next stage of a com­pe­ti­tion to win £300,000 to­wards his bid to launch a new al­bum.

David Schofield, 28, from Bro­ken Cross, scored enough pub­lic votes to be short­listed in the VOOM com­pe­ti­tion, run by Sir Richard Bran­son.

The 28-year-old wants to record an al­bum of mu­sic from movies and mu­si­cals, in­clud­ing Jurassic Park, Phan­tom of the Opera and Pi­rates of the Caribbean.

VOOM gives en­trepreneurs and small and medium-sized busi­nesses the op­por­tu­nity to pitch their ideas to Sir Richard to win a slice of a prize fund worth over £1 mil­lion.

David was one of 160 pitches to make it through the first round and he will now take part in a 29-hour, live-streamed event, to try and con­vinced a panel of judges to de­ter­mine the 40 semi-fi­nal­ists.

The judges in­clude Peter Wil­liams, founder of Jack Wills, Ja­mal Ed­wards, founder of SBTV, Julie Deane, founder of the Cam­bridge Satchel Com­pany, Peter Kelly, MD of Vir­gin Me­dia Busi­ness, and Andy Fish­burn, head of In­vest­ment at Vir­gin StartUp.

David will spend around eight min­utes in front of the judges – al­low­ing time for a three-minute pitch and around five min­utes of ques­tion­ing.

He said: “I am so happy we got through. It’s been long few weeks and the fi­nal hours were se­ri­ously tense. We were all up un­til mid­night typ­ing mes­sages en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to vote and spread­ing the word. I am so grate­ful to every­one who took the time to vote and the mes­sages of sup­port have been won­der­ful. I am now pre­par­ing for the Lon­don round on Wed­nes­day, June 1, where I will be pitch­ing the idea to a panel.

“The whole con­cept is de­signed to en­cour­age chil­dren to start play­ing in­stru­ments and get in­volved in mu­sic.”

He said: “I am look­ing for fund­ing to launch an al­bum of mu­sic from movies and mu­si­cals.

David be­gan play­ing the pi­ano when he was five and stud­ies at Chethams School of Mu­sic and the Chicago Col­lege of Per­form­ing Arts.

He has played all over the world and re­leased a num­ber of sin­gles and al­bums.

●● David Schofield

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