A SIXTH-form student from Rookwood School is celebrating after being offered a drum position in the pit band for two upcoming shows run by The British Youth Music Theatre and The National Youth Music Theatre.

After witnessing Xen Medlands' skill and passion for drumming during several of Rookwood School’s productions, Xen’s music teacher, Louise Parsons, encouraged Xen to audition for the places.

Louise said: “Xen is a highly talented and dedicated drummer, so I am beyond thrilled to see his talent recognised by not just one but two incredibly competitive music theatre companies.

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"At Rookwood School, we are fully committed to enabling pupils to nurture their talents and to perform on professional platforms to the highest level, so the whole Rookwood School community is absolutely delighted about Xen’s upcoming opportunities.”

Xen filmed several performances as part of the audition process. Alongside his A Levels, Xen is currently completing a diploma in drumkit.

Xen said: "I was really excited to hear the news that I had gained a place in both the British Youth Music Theatre and the National Youth Music Theatre for their summer productions.

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"I'm looking forward to working with industry professionals learning new music for these new musicals. I was inspired to apply having found a love of playing in a pit band in Rookwood School's school productions."

Xen will perform in The British Youth Music Theatre’s show Harry & Greta at New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich on August 4 and 5. He will then perform in The National Youth Music Theatre’s show The boy who sailed the Ocean in an Armchair at The Curve in Leicester from August 14 to August 19.