A West Ham schoolboy has quit his football career at 16 after landing a £1m four-album record deal. Saxophonist Tyler Rix was discovered by music bosses when he took part in BBC2’s Classical Star TV talent programme. He signed his record contract with Universal on the turf at Upton Park.
Dickon Stainer, managing director of Universal Classics and Jazz record company, said: “Tyler is a sensational talent. We’re glad he chose music. It’s better than playing at left back.”
His debut album, Ascent, is released next month.