Dagenham student performs hat trick on and off playing field

A talented student has performed a hat trick of achievements after being crowned footballer of the year, playing at the BBC Proms and securing a place at Eton College.

Taiwo Ilori Whyte, 12, played double bass in the National Youth Orchestra at the Proms held at Royal Albert Hall in Kensington on Sunday.

As the youngest member of the 86-strong National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Taiwo has trained at the Royal College of Music for the past three years and also plays two other instruments, the saxophone and piano.

The talented youngster, of Suffolk Road, Dagenham, also excels at the beautiful game for Euro Dagenham FC and was named Player of The Year at this year’s awards ceremony.

To round off his sporting, musical and academic prowess, he has been offered a place to study at the leading public school in Berkshire in autumn 2013.

A Euro Dagenham FC spokesman said: “In the light of Team GB’s Olympic success it’s marvellous to see the borough’s young talent extends from the playing fields to the capital’s most glorious stages.”