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Hendrix hit for drummer Ollie, 10
Feeder's Mark Richardson with Ollie Harding
Ollie met Feeder's drummer Mark Richardson in October last year
Aspiring 10-year-old drummer Ollie Harding has played himself into the newly-formed National Youth Rock Orchestra.

The youngster, from Builth Wells, Powys, was selected from a host of other would-be drummers.

He has already played at a Jimi Hendrix tribute concert in London and will perform at a guitar festival in August.

Ollie, whose favourite bands are AC/DC, Feeder and Bon Jovi, has been drumming since he was aged eight.

His father Martyn said: "Ollie applied and then was invited to attend orchestra workshops in Bath and London, but I suppose they were more rehearsals or auditions.

I was a bit nervous but really enjoyed the buzz
Ollie Harding

"He was the only one from Wales there and was selected from a number of musicians to be one of the orchestra's new drummers."

As part of the International Guitar Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London on 1 May, the orchestra played at a tribute concert to Jimi Hendrix to mark the 35th anniversary of his death.

Playing alonside ex-Wings guitarist Laurence Juber and Vietnamese-born musician and composer Nguyen Le, Ollie helped recreate one of Hendrix's most famous tracks, Foxy Lady.

Guitar legend Jimi Hendrix
Ollie and fellow members of the orchestra played Foxy Lady during the concert

"Playing with Nguyen was amazing," said Ollie, who is a pupil at Builth Wells Primary School.

"I played at Drumfest in Birmingham last year, very briefly, in front of Mark Richardson and Nicko McBrain (of Iron Maiden) - that was good but this gig was the biggest of my life.

"I was a bit nervous but really enjoyed the buzz, it was fantastic."

Ollie, who is studying for his grade six drumming exams, has ambitions to become a successful session player.

He said: "I listen to lots of music these days, jazz, rock, funk and blues - just about everything.

"And I've been lucky to have had help from Robert Plant's drummer Andy Edwards and also Welsh jazz drummer, Dewi Young.

"They have both been brilliant and very patient. I hope that, one day, I can become as successful as them."

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