Potters Bar lad gives up West Ham for £1m music deal

PUBLISHED: 13:15 21 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:41 26 October 2009

A 16-YEAR-OLD schoolboy signed a four-album recording deal with Universal Music on Thursday. But, for Tyler Rix, signing on the £1m dotted line meant giving up a career with Premier League football team West Ham. Potters Bar schoolboy Tyler was snapped

A 16-YEAR-OLD schoolboy signed a four-album recording deal with Universal Music on Thursday.

But, for Tyler Rix, signing on the £1m dotted line meant giving up a career with Premier League football team West Ham.

Potters Bar schoolboy Tyler was snapped up by the East London side aged just seven, but his talent on the saxophone was something that couldn't be ignored.

The Dame Alice Owen's pupil plumped for music after taking part in BBC2's Classical Star talent show.

His raw enthusiasm and passion for music was spotted and the amazing £1m offer made.

Tyler signed to Universal, the world's biggest recording company, at Upton Park on Thursday morning, before rushing back to Potters Bar to complete his mock GCSE in chemistry.

Speaking to the Potters Bar Edition he said: "It's a bit unreal. It still hasn't really sunk in."

Although after winning the national cup with the school team, he was not ready to hang up his boots just yet.

"I still play for the school team," he said.

"It was always a dilemma, I started playing saxophone when I was nine, but signed for West Ham when I was seven, so I was always going to have to choose one day."

Dickon Stainer, managing director of Universal Classics and Jazz said: "Tyler Rix is a sensational talent. We're very glad he chose music.

"It's better than playing at left back!"

Tyler's headteacher Dr Alan Davison said: "He has his feet firmly on the ground.

"Tyler loves his football, loves his music and loves his school.

"He is a remarkably charismatic young man, who is popular with his peers."

* Follow the link below to hear Tyler play.

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