A talented musician from Chester has won the People to People Association Lakewood Music Exchange scholarship.

Nicholas Bradley, head boy at Abbey Gate College, will now travel to Lakewood in Colorado next year for a two-week all expenses paid recital visit, staying with American host families.

The 18-year-old will play a concerto with the Lakewood Symphony Orchestra, in addition to playing for and talking to schools and other groups.

Back in Chester he will perform at a USA Spectacular Concert and others in the area next year and receive the award from the president of the association, the Lord Mayor of Chester.

Nicholas as saxophonist, performed a recital of contrasting pieces taken from the repertoire he is preparing for the Trinity College of Music Performer’s Certificate next term.

After completing his A-Levels in the summer, Nicholas is hoping to study natural sciences at Imperial College London and has been shortlisted for the university’s Ash music scholarship, the winner of which will take instrumental lessons at the Royal College of Music in London.

Nicholas gained distinctions in both saxophone and singing Grade 8 at the age of 14. His is now working at diploma level on saxophone and singing. He is the holder of the Daphne Herbert Choral Scholarship at the college.

The People to People competition is part of an international exchange between Lakewood Colorado and Chester and entrants must be aged between 17 and 22 with a minimum of Grade 8 standard and live within a 25 mile radius of Chester.