An autistic teenager who was accepted to study at the world’s premier music school is now set to play a prestigious gig at Windsor Castle.
The Tele previously told of Ciaran Roberts-Osterberg, 18, being accepted to study music at Berklee in Boston, Massachusetts, which boasts 120 alumni who have won a combined 283 Grammy Awards.
Now, the Broughty Ferry teenager is set to play the royal venue in front of patrons from Future Talent – which supports gifted young musicians from low-income backgrounds.
Some of the charity’s patrons include Sting and Dame Judi Dench – and members of the royal family are expected to attend.
Ciaran, who drums, sings and plays piano, said: “It is absolutely amazing that I have been given this opportunity at just 18 — to play at a venue like Windsor Castle is a dream come true.
“It is going to be massive for my career.
“I have been working with the charity for a while now — it started after I had applied to them for funding for my music studies.
“I had to go to Manchester for an audition and I have been working with them ever since.
“It is a black tie event, too, so I will need to look out my tuxedo.
“I am going to be playing with the Future Talent Jazz Orchestra — playing a tune called Sunny by Bobby Hebb.
“We haven’t been told who will be attending, other than patrons of the charity.
“We will be playing for the people who have attended the banquet but we have no idea who is going to attend from the royal family.”
Despite being accepted on to the Berklee course and winning a $13,000-a-year scholarship, Ciaran now has to raise funds to pay for the rest of his tuition by September — which stands at $70,000 a year.
A fundraising page was set up and those who wish to help can visit gofundme.com/against-all-odds-accepted-to-uni.