A TEEN who had to cut short a dance career in Italy is celebrating after earning a place to study music at Cambridge University.
Edoardo Chidichimo will be reading music at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge after achieving three A* grades and an A at Westcliff High School for Boys.
The 18-year-old could follow in the footsteps of Benjamin Grosvenor, who attended the school before going on to become a renowned classical pianist – performing around the globe.
Edoardo had previously gone to Bologna to become a ballroom dancer.
However, following complications in Italy and looking at universities he decided on a career change and returned to Westcliff to study his A-levels.
Edoardo said: “I initially decided to not go to university in hopes of pursuing my dance career as a Latin American International Competitor in which I ended up moving country for a short period of time.
“However, it was after looking into universities and a few issues in Italy that I decided to return to Westcliff High School for Boys.
“Cambridge was initially suggested and at the time, knowing it was the one of the best, if not the best, universities in the world, I was hesitant and doubtful.
“I decided to apply and was successful in my interviews and given a conditional offer with A*AAA boundaries.
“I chose music because it was my best subject and I thoroughly enjoyed composition, specifically for film and animation.
“After working hard for two years, I was awarded grades that let me secure my place at Cambridge.”
Westcliff High School for Boys celebrated some of it’s “best ever” results with 21 per cent of entries graded A* and 53 per cent of all entries graded A* or A.
Edoardo has his target set on a career in China after his studies at Cambridge, where he will specialise in composition.
He also plans to continue dancing alongside his work.
Edoardo was one of ten students at Westcliff High School for Boys to achieve places at Oxbridge universities.