A TALENTED student has landed scholarships at two of London’s most prestigious music schools.

Alex Usher has played instruments from the age of four and already has several musical achievements under his belt.

After an audition, the Year 13 student at Westcliff High School for Boys was awarded one of just five places to study the clarinet at the Royal College of Music as well as a place at the Imperial College Symphony Orchestra.

The scholarship means the 18-year-old will have free music tuition for three years.

Tom Derrick, director of music at Westcliff High School for Boys, said: “Alex is a terrific musician and a credit to Westcliff High School for Boys.

“He is an outstanding and vital member of our big band, concert band, saxophone quartet and orchestra.

“He is also one of the school’s organ scholars. His success is a testament to the dedication he shows to music on a daily basis.”

As well as studying for his A-levels, Alex, of Berkley Gardens, in Leigh, has played in both the National Youth Orchestra and National Youth Wind Orchestra.

He was also awarded Rotary Club Young Musician of the Year in 2017.

Despite his music talents, Alex is opting for a career in computing by picking a degree in computer science, having opted to complete a degree in the field.

He said: “I have played music from a young age.

“I started playing the piano when I was four, then took up the clarinet aged eight.

“I am hoping for a career in computer science, but this opportunity will allow me to maintain the standard and get to a high level - I want to keep music as a hobby.

“I was absolutely thrilled to get the scholarships - completely ecstatic to be honest.

“The audition wasn’t fantastic - I was happy with how it went, but I thought it could have gone better all the same.”

Westcliff High School for Boys head Mike Skelly said: “Music commands a high profile within the school and we pride ourselves on the diverse range of extra-curricular musical activities that take place.

“Over the years a number of our students have excelled in this field, both nationally and internationally. “

“I congratulate Alex and wish him every success - he should be extremely proud.” of his achievements.”