A former student at a Kettering school has been appointed principal trumpet of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
James Fountain, who used to attend Bishop Stopford School, started playing the cornet at three years old and played his first solo aged four in front of 500 people at a Salvation Army Corps Christmas carol concert.
He will officially join the international renowned professional orchestra in January, having been on trial there since since August.
James said: “I feel very fortunate and honoured to take on the role and to join a wonderful brass section filled with great players.”
The young musician is currently in his third year at the Guildhall School of Music currently performs as principle cornet with the Virtuosi GUS Band.
The band is performing its Ensemble Christmas Concert at the All Saints Church in Great Harrowden on Sunday from 2.30pm to 4pm.