A young musician has realised a long held dream after securing his place in a national band.
Kings Priory School pupil and trombonist, Elliot Gray, will soon realise his dream of playing for the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain after being awarded a place in the prestigious outfit.
After a gruelling audition last month, Elliot received a letter announcing that he has been offered a place and will start to rehearse with the band early next year.
Elliot – a Year 12 pupil at the Tynemouth-based school studying music, geology and geography – hopes to make a career in music when he leaves school in 2016.
He has been taught trombone by his grandfather, Gary Young, since he was in Year 6 and it quickly became apparent that he had a real talent for the instrument.
Elliot said: “This is a real honour for me and I know it is a genuine privilege to be picked to play. I can’t wait for the rehearsals to start.”
Elizabeth Johnston, deputy curriculum team leader for arts and music, said: “Elliot is exceptionally dedicated to his trombone studies and really deserves this accolade.
“It will be a real boost to his confidence and set him up well for his post Year 13 studies.
“The experience will be invaluable to him as he strives to make his way in the music world. As a school we are delighted for him and are very proud of him. Well done Elliot.”