Pianist could be crowned winner

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A TALENTED young musician who could soon be showcasing his skills at the Royal Albert Hall is calling on the help of people in Hartlepool and east Durham.

Hartlepool pianist Scott Elwin is hoping to be crowned the Next BRIT thing, which is a nationwide competition to discover young musical talent.

If the 17-year-old wins the online competition, he will also receive a share of £10,000-worth of equipment and be broadcast on Classic FM.

Scott is taking part in the Government-backed project, which is being supported by a number of stars including opera singer Alfie Boe, after his grandmother heard it mentioned on the radio.

The Hartlepool Sixth Form College student, who has been a musician for nine years and also plays the drums, said: “It would be unbelievable and one of the greatest feelings ever to win a competition as popular as this.

“Also, it is a dream to perform at the Royal Albert Hall and feature on Classic FM.

“I hope that it may also lead to other opportunities opening up and start something with my music.”

Scott is one of thousands of young musicians hoping to make it big through the competition.

And he only has until December 16 to get enough votes to qualify for the next round, so needs as much support as possible.

Mr Boe said: “I know just how important it is to make sure that young people, whatever their background, have the chance to develop their musical talent and to have people around them to nurture and support that talent.

“The Next BRIT thing is an exciting way to reach out to these young people and to give them a chance to be heard.”

The competition is for people aged 11-19 and aims to help them get their music heard and explore careers in music.

The music stars giving their support to the Next BRIT thing include Jessie J, Pixie Lott, Paloma Faith, Tinchy Stryder, Laura Wright, Chipmunk, Eliza Doolittle, Dionne Bromfield, Cairo from Encore, Siva from The Wanted and Dappy from NDubz.

To see one of Scott’s tracks and to support his bid for stardom, visit