Heartsease musician’s busy summer will include performing for Queen at Sandringham during Diamond Jubilee celebrations

A Heartsease student has been selected to perform in front of the Queen at Sandringham as part of this year's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Jake Burgess, 17, of Woodside Road, was selected to play his tenor saxophone, which he has played for six and a half years, with the Norfolk Symphonic Wind Band at the event.

The music concert will take place at the royal residence on Tuesday, June 12, and Jake's band is the headline act.

Jake, who is currently working towards his grade seven qualification for his saxophone, said: 'I'm quite proud to have been given the chance to play in front of the Queen.

'I am not as nervous when I play large crowds now because I have been doing it for a while. I have been playing an instrument since I was nine.'


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In addition to his royal performance the City of Norwich School student has also been selected to play at a music event that will be held before the opening of the London 2012 Olympics.

The River of Music event, which will be held on July 21-22, the weekend before the Olympics begins, is a series of free performances at iconic sites along the River Thames.

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It will showcase world-class music from across the world in addition to British talent and other locations include The Tower of London, Battersea Park and Trafalgar Square.

The budding musician and sixth-form student, who also plays for the Norwich Senior Jazz Group, will be taking part in the River of Music at Somerset House.

Jake said: 'It is quite an achievement to be playing in the run up to the Olympics and I am really looking forward to it.'

He was picked for the event when he performed at the Norwich Music Festival at The Forum and will play with the Sax Massive band.

He was selected with 50 other talented musicians out of the 200 participants.

- For much more information on Diamond Jubilee events in the Norwich area, make sure you pick up your free supplement with the Evening News on Tuesday, March 20.

- Do you know someone preparing for a special event? Contact reporter David Freezer on 01603 772418 or david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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