11-year-old double bass player Alex Knock to perform tomorrow with the Bury St Edmunds Friendly Orchestra

Alex Knock pictured here at his school, St James School, Bury St Edmunds.

Alex Knock pictured here at his school, St James School, Bury St Edmunds. - Credit: Gregg Brown

At the age of 11, Alex Knock is the youngest member of the Bury St Edmunds Friendly Orchestra.

The student, who attends St James Middle School in Bury, will join his fellow members tomorrow to perform in a concert at the Apex in the town.

He has been playing the double bass for four years after he got the opportunity to take up the instrument at his primary school.

Alex, who sings in the St Edmundsbury Cathedral choir and also plays the piano, got involved with the Bury Friendly Orchestra about four months ago.

Despite the considerable age gap between himself and some of the other musicians – the oldest member of the orchestra is aged 86 – Alex said he had been made to feel very welcome.


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“It’s really good fun and everyone is so nice,” he said.

“If I get lost they point me in the right direction.”

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Tomorrow’s concert at 6pm will feature a solo performance by 16-year-old Katherine Stonham, a gifted violinist from Wiltshire.

For tickets call the box office on 01284 758000 or visit www.theapex.co.uk.

Anyone interested in joining the orchestra should contact Sally Haslewood on 01284 725635, email buryfriendlyorchestra@gmail.com or visit the Facebook page.

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