Young Ryedale musician hits high note to win scholarship

A PLACE at a prestigious school beckons for a young Ryedale musician.

Charles Saunders has earned a scholarship to attend Radley College in Oxfordshire after impressing its five-strong audition panel with his trumpet rendition of La Cucaracha.

"I really enjoyed having the chance to do some improvisation with the head of music during my audition and I'm looking forward to all the opportunities this award opens up for me next year," said Charles, a pupil at Woodleigh School in Langton, near Malton.

The work has not stopped for Charles who will sit an academic scholarship exam and sports and music all-rounder assessment this month.

Woodleigh School headteacher Michael England said: "Charles has worked very hard to reach such a high standard, from playing in the school nand and York RI Golden Rail Band to sounding the Last Post at the parish Remembrance Service.

"His inspiration is Louis Armstrong and I'm sure this diversity strengthened his claim on this accolade."

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