Alex joins ‘friendly’ orchestra in Bury St Edmunds

Alex Knock
Alex Knock
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Eleven-year-old Alex Knock is the youngest member of the Bury St Edmunds Friendly Orchestra and will be performing with the group at its annual show next month.

The young double bass player, from Bury, began learning the instrument two years ago after being offered a ‘free taster’ as a pupil at Hardwick Primary School.

He found out about the community orchestra through a teacher at St James Middle School, where he is now a student, and joined around four months ago.

Alex, who also plays the piano and is a chorister at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, said: “I think it’s really good because I’m getting a chance which not many other young people have, to go and learn with other musicians and find out what the real world’s like.”

His father, Stuart, said: “I’ve been going down and watching him in rehearsals and he’s doing really well, especially considering he’s the youngest and doesn’t have as much experience as the older ones.”

The show, only the second public performance for the orchestra, is being held at The Apex in Charter Square, Bury, from 6pm on March 1.

Alex, who really appreciates the help given to him by the orchestra’s other double bassist, said: “I’m a bit nervous but it’ll be good fun and its a nice chance to be around other musicians. I’m definitely ready, it’s just a matter of counting and coming in when you’re supposed to.”

For tickets, priced at £6 for adults and free for children under 10, call 01284 758000 or visit

For details on joining the orchestra or providing sponsorship for its future events, email or call Sally Haslewood on 01284 725635.