ASPIRING singer-songwriter Harry Linacre has been accepted into one of the most prestigious music schools in the country.
The 16-year-old received his letter of acceptance for London’s Brit School earlier this month following an audition in February.
He showcased his talents along with more than 500 other hopefuls to grab one of the 30 places in the music strand.
And because his Mansfield Road address is some way from the catchment area, they were only five spots up for grabs.
“It’s unreal, I’m obviously nervous but really excited,” said the Orchard pupil.
The Brit School’s two-year course have had many pupils who have gone on to make an impact on the pop industry, boasting names such as Leona Lewis, Adele, Jessie J, Kate Nash, Katie Melua and Imogen Heap.
Harry added: “It just shows what they can produce.”
“They don’t want you to say ‘I want to be famous’, they want the ones who are willing to learn.”
“I’m doing GCSE music and have performed on stage before, I feel like I have a lot to give and there’s so much more to come.”
In the audition, Harry, who plays guitar and keyboard, had a listening test on the song Girl by The Beatles, followed by a live performance on stage and then an aural test.
For the performance, he sang his own song The Road To Your Heart.
“It was quite daunting but there was such a buzz about the place, everyone looked like they were enjoying it.”
“I could not believe seeing all the different people there.”
“I would like to be a successful singer-songwriter on stage, I’m 100 percent positive about that.”
“It’s a different feeling up there, I feel at home to be honest, everyone says ‘they’re born to be on stage’, but that’s exactly what it feels like for me,” he said.
Harry is no stranger to the stage and performed at the Bassetlaw Health and Leisure Awards at North Notts Arena in October.
He has also worked with the likes of Leslie Garrett and Walking In The Air’s Aled Jones on the film-opera The Little Prince at the age of nine.
He idolises the electrifying performances of Michael Jackson but appreciates other genres of music too.
“I love Michael Jackson, especially on stage, Usher and Motown,” said Harry who draws inspiration from his dad, Rob.
Rob has been in the business for 35 years, starting at the age of 10 with the family show The Linacres before assembling a four-piece band called Life, who went on to win many awards in the business.
More recently he has worked on cruise ships and headlined the Layton live show at Blackpool.
“We were doubtful of his acceptance due to the odds being so low, but we received the letter on the 2nd April informing us of his success,” said Rob.
“Myself and Elizabeth obviously are very proud parents and are very excited to what the future may bring for Harry.”
He added: “I remember a few years ago on the crew ships with me, he got up and did a couple of songs with the orchestra and you could tell he had something different.”
“I knew he would go a long way.”
“He is in the right place and if anything is going to happen we just want him to enjoy it.”
“It’s a fantastic opportunity.”