Music student plays his way into National Children’s Orchestra

Alex Grinyer
Alex Grinyer

A YOUNG musician showed he was in tune with the music as he won a place in the prestigious National Children’s Orchestra.

Alex Grinyer, who is just 11-years-old, plays the French Horn and has been having lessons with the Milton Keynes Music Service for four years.

Alex showed ‘great promise’ is becoming a recent winner of the Tess May Memorial Scholarship.

Head of the Music Service David Rose said: “This is a considerable feat at the best of times, made even more impressive by the fact that Alex is in the orchestra two years before the recommended age.

“The National Children’s Orchestra is a prestigious symphony orchestra for children and Alex will have a tremendous experience.

“Everyone at the Music Service is very proud of Alex.

“Congratulations to him.”

Alex said he is delighted to have been selected for the Orchestra and he is now looking forward to the residential course and playing in some big concert venues.

He said: “I would like to remember Tess May who first started me off on the French Horn and identified my potential.

“I am also very grateful to my teacher Tom Molloy for encouraging me and developing my playing.”

Alex is now also a keen pianist and has recently taken up the organ.

He said the MK Music Service is like a second home to him and he is looking to playing professionally in the future.

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