Issued: April 18, 2016
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Former West Hatch High School student wows judges on Britain's Got Talent
West Hatch High School's list of alumni who have starred in television talent shows has a new addition after magician Richard Jones wowed the judges on ITV's Britain's Got Talent on Saturday.
The former Chigwell student left the High Road school six years ago and is now serving with the Household Cavalry.
The one-time volunteer with the Pony Riding for the Disabled charity in Chigwell used his magical powers to create an origami cut-out of David Beckham - who had been secretly chosen by judge Amanda Holden from a flipbook of celebrities - and then having asked David Walliams to pick a drink, poured his chosen drink of hot tea from a sealed can of drink.
However when he was a student at West Hatch it was Richard's trombone playing which was magic.
Music teacher Mauro Sheehan said: "Some people may remember him from around six years ago when he was at West Hatch.
"I've never forgiven him for presenting me with one the trickiest accompaniments I've ever tackled. I may have to now!"
Richard is the latest in a ever-growing list of West Hatch students who have starred on television talent shows in recent years.
Jonathan Antoine and Charlotte Jaconelli were runners-up in Britain's Got Talent in 2012 while Sonny Jay, with the band Loveable Rogues, reached the final in the same year.
Ryan Green has reached the knockout stage of BBC's The Voice while Michael McNeish, with dance group BoyBand, reached the final of Britain's Got Talent last year.
John Wilding reached the judges' houses stage in ITV's X-Factor for two successive years in 2010 and 2011.
In addition, a string of students and their families have starred in The Only Way is Essex.