VIDEO: Young Huntingdonshire saxophonist crowned the winner at Cambridge Buskers’ Festival

Robert Burton. Robert Burton.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
10:14 AM

A young saxophonist stormed to victory in a competition which saw him entertaining shoppers by ­busking on the streets of Cambridge.

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Hinchingbrooke School pupil Robert Burton, 15, of Church Road, Easton, won the Under 16s Young Performer’s Prize at the Cambridge Buskers’ Festival.

Held from August 15-17, the contest involved musicians battling for the attention of the crowds during two one-hour slots at spots around the city, before gathering to perform for the judges.

Robert, who has been busking in Cambridge since he was 11, walked away with a Roland Micro Cube amplifier. He impressed passersby with his renditions of jazz standards and modern songs such as Someone Like You by Adele.

He said: “I started playing recorder at primary school and I just thought that I would like to start a new instrument.

“When the opportunity came up I just really wanted to play saxophone. I do so many ­different things through it and make so many different friends and go to different places.”

A Grade 8 musician, Robert has also taken part in competitions including Rotary’s Young Musician, where he has reached the national semi-finals.

In the future, he hopes to become a professional musician.

He said: “At the beginning I found busking quite scary but now I enjoy it more.

“Seeing people watching is really nice because you know that they haven’t just bought the tickets and have to listen to you.”

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