Music protege to sell flute to fund university dream

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The winner of this year’s Musician of the Year award may be forced to sell his £25,000 flute in order to fund his education at the prestigious London Film School.

James Westlake, a pupil at the Webber Independent School, will have to pay £18,000 a year to study in London and may be forced to sell the flute – a gift from his disabled grandmother.

She cashed in her life savings to buy the antique, 14k Brannen-Cooper flute – the 46th instrument the company produced with a Lafin headjoint made from gold and platinum plating.

James used it when he won the Sir John Dankworth Memorial Trophy for Woodwind in 2012, and the Open Recital at the MK Music Festival this year.

He said: “I’m willing to play at people’s events, busk, and travel if it means I can fund my education. I owe this to my grandmother as she believed in me from the very beginning.

“I know it would break her heart if I had to stop playing.”

If James can find the funds he will be one of just 20 students each year accepted to the Film School.

Anyone who can support James can call his mother Cathy on 01908 564124.