PUBLISHED: 16:41 10 March 2010 | UPDATED: 09:35 12 August 2010

A 15-YEAR-OLD violinist beat nine other talented finalists to be crowned this year s Young Musician of the Year.

A 15-YEAR-OLD violinist beat nine other talented finalists to be crowned this year's Young Musician of the Year.

Eamonn Cox, of Kingsmead Close, Sidcup, won the competition run by Bexley's five Rotary Clubs at the ceremony at Townley Theatre, Bexleyheath last Saturday.

The GCSE pupil at St Olave's Grammar School in Orpington was handed the Bexley Young Musician of the Year Cup by mayor Bernard Clewes after a panel of judges rated him the winner out of 10 young finalists.

Mr Cox, who also plays the French horn, is leader of the Kent School Orchestra and a member of the Kent County Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Choir.

He also attends Bird College as a member of the Junior Dance School, studying ballet, and tap, modern, jazz and contemporary dance.

All of the 10 finalists performed for the judges which included Lieutenant Colonel Graham Jones MBE, who is Director of Music of the Coldstream Guards, Lynda Coffin, Professor at Trinity College of Music and Sarah Quinn of the London Symphony Orchestra.

As they retired to consider their verdict, the audience were given a performance by The Little Big Band from Bird College.

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