Young musician getting close

A TALENTED young musician is getting closer to his dream of playing at the Royal Albert Hall.

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

The competition has seen hundreds of young people put a video of them performing on a website with the public asked to vote for their favourite.

Scott currently sits second in the classic chart, but has recently been top, with voting closing at noon tomorrow.

If the 17-year-old wins the online competition, he will not only get the chance to play at the prestigious venue but will also receive a share of £10,000-worth of equipment, have a recording session at Abbey Road 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.”

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 the likes of Jessie J, Pixie Lott and Tinchy Stryder.

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