Pianist wins public vote to pitch album idea
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