Burton Latimer trumpeter needs help to realise musical ambition

Alex Smith, 22, is a trumpeter from Kettering

Alex Smith, 22, is a trumpeter from Kettering

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Alex Smith, 22, has already performed all over Europe, including on the stages of prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall in London.

But he is now appealing to businesses in the area to help him fulfil his musical ambition to study at London’s Royal College of Music.

He has been awarded a coveted place on the college’s post-graduate course, but that comes at a cost and he now needs to raise around £40,000 in order to take up his place.

Alex said: “I am incredibly proud to have been offered a place at the Royal College. It’s something I’ve always dreamt of, but I never really thought it would happen.

“But the course fees, the cost of accommodation in London and all the materials I’ll need – they all add up to this massive fundraising mountain for which I need all the help I get.”

Alex, from Kingfisher Way in Burton Latimer, started playing the trumpet when he was a 10-year-old pupil at Meadowside Junior School.

He worked his way through the Northamptonshire County Music Service and played in several local bands before being awarded a place at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

His studies there finish in June, so he has very little time to try to raise the £40,000.

He said: “I’ve always worked hard to do my county proud. I’ve played many concerts for charities like Cancer Research UK and St Mary’s Hospice. Now I am appealing to any businesses or even generous local people to please help me take the next step with my music. Ultimately I want to become a professional trumpet player, and the place at the Royal College will be a massive stepping stone.”

Head of Brass at Birmingham Conservatoire, Christopher Houlding is supporting Alex. Chris said: “Alex has worked extremely hard to achieve a place at one of London’s finest Conservatoires and I wish him every success raising the funding he needs.

“He’s always been an incredibly focussed young player and a fine musician.

“I really hope he is given the chance to realise that potential and continue his studies at Masters level in London’s musical environment.”

If you are able to support or help Alex, contact him on 07918 657498 or via smith.alexander@btinternet.com.