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

10:14 27 August 2014

Robert Burton.

Robert Burton.

Archant

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

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.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hunts Post visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hunts Post staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hunts Post account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

58 minutes ago
Some of the Houghton and Wyton Ride the Night team (from left) Hilary Barden, Amanda Waughman and Sarah Cossey.

A group of seven friends from Houghton and Wyton are due to ditch the comfort of their beds at the weekend for a charity ride through London - through the night.

Just Cards, of St Ives, are nominated for an industry award, owners (l-r) Maureen O'Connell, and Tom O'Connell,

A business in St Ives has reached the finals of a prestigious competition to recognise greetings card retailers.

Duck Race at St Neots

The River Great Ouse at St Neots became a sea of yellow on Saturday afternoon when hundreds of plastic ducks took to the water to help raise money for a cancer charity.

Russel Court, St Neots, where children used to play on their tramopline,

Parents have been left hopping mad after social landlord Luminus removed two trampolines from a communal garden area just days before the start of half term.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hunts Post e-edition today E-edition