14-year-old Alfie was nominated for TrinityTalent 2020 for his achievements in drumming. He achieved his Grade 1 Drums exam with distinction with Progress Music Academy, Birmingham.
Alfie was selected by the Youth Choice panel to feature as a Youth Choice for the Rock & Pop category. They said: "It's amazing to have that passion for music even before he started having lessons, and very impressive to balance learning an instrument with part-time work. Alfie is clearly passionate and very inspirational. We loved that he was so keen to get cracking with his Grade 2 and shows excellent self-motivation. The sheer determination to raise money to learn is just incredible!"
Alfie was nominated by his Grandfather, who said: "As the oldest of four children, Alfie decided he needed to look for part-time work to pay for his drum kit and lessons. Alfie secured a weekend paper round and began saving and, given his commitment, I offered to match fund his earnings. By August 2019 Alfie had earned enough to buy an electric drum kit and start online lessons. He was entered for the Grade 1 exam in March 2020 and passed with a distinction which was a real testament to his determination to be a drummer, to fund his kit and his lessons."
The Trinity judges commented: "Alfie has shown a great determination and desire to learn and a has demonstrated a strong self-motivation to pursue drums."
How has your Trinity College London qualification influenced your progress with your art?
The qualification has boosted my confidence and encouraged my musical ability.
How has taking part in a Trinity qualification helped you develop your skills?
Learning the drums has helped me to become creative and express myself. I like to learn new things.
Would you like to tell us anything about any challenges you’ve faced this year, and how you’ve overcome them to achieve your Trinity qualification?
I took on a paper round to buy an electric drum kit so that I could learn to play.
What are the next steps for you following your qualification?
I hope to progress through the Trinity Grades.
What are your career aims?
I want to be an airline pilot.
Have you got any advice for other young people working towards a Trinity qualification or Arts Award?
Practise and enjoy learning.
Read more about the talented young people selected to be featured as part of the TrinityTalent Class of 2020