Potters Bar students tune up for Trafalgar Square gig

TWO Potters Bar students are about to emulate some of the world’s most legendary musicians – by playing a gig in front of an anticipated 5,000 people at a famous London landmark.

Tomorrow (Saturday) the Tyler Rix Quartet, featuring Dame Alice Owen students Tyler Rix and Alex Crawford, will play a 15-minute set in Trafalgar Square as part of the Rhythm of London celebrations – which showcases the diverse young musical talent on offer in and around the capital.

In doing so, they follow in the footsteps of artists such as the Scissor Sisters, David Gray and Pink, who have all performed at the 200-year-old square.

Tyler, 17, will be playing saxophone while Alex, 18, is on guitar duty.

The pair will be joined by 17-year-old drummer Daniel Marks from High Barnet and pianist Jonathan Ang, 22, of Golders Green.

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And for Tyler, it is just the latest step to seemingly inevitable stardom.

As the Potters Bar Edition reported in January 2009, the precocious teenager walked away from a potential career as a professional footballer with West Ham United, instead signing a �1m four album record deal with music giant Universal.

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His debut album, Ascent, went straight to number one in the classical charts and was Classic FM’s Album of the Week.

He has played such distinguished venues as the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, the Southbank Centre and the Barbican, and has performed with the BBC Orchestra.

But by his own admission, Saturday’s performance is the biggest yet.

“I’m the most excited I’ve ever been about a concert ever,” said Tyler.

“We’ve only got 15 minutes so I want to make every little bit count. Every note we play, we want the listener to want more.”

And he confidently added: “I’ve not thought about being nervous once.

“I’ve started to get good with my nerves, and use it to my advantage. I’ve always performed better under pressure. It’s going to be wicked.”

The free event in Trafalgar Square starts at 1pm.

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