GREG Scott, a violin showman, and former Altrincham Grammar School pupil, is to present a concert, Cinematic Strings at Night, at the Dance House Theatre, Manchester, on Saturday, May 6.

More than 200 candles will create atmosphere along with video projections on a huge screen.

Playing the acoustic violin, Greg will perform numbers such as his favourite - Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal - accompanied by musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music,

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A former student there himself, he joined after leaving the sixth form at Cheetham’s School of Music.

A former resident of Atkinson Road, Sale, his big breakthrough came when he was studying at theRoyal Northern.

He said: “I used to busk in Manchester close to Pete Waterman’s studios. He was on a sandwich break and talked to me.

“Thanks to him and Classic FM, my first album, DUEL, reached number one in the UK Classical Charts. Glad I went busking that day!”.

He’s just returned from a performance tour of Singapore and India and, in the summer, will tour Europe.

His other claim to fame is that, at 6’5” tall, he exceeds most other musicians in height.

“I’ve learnt that you must stand up straight when playing. You have to practise good posture and try not to bang your head if walking under a doorway.”

Greg has been playing since he was eight.

“While my parents watched Coronation Street, I was in the next room practising over Audrey Roberts’ voice!

“I’m still a classical violinist as I previously worked with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. I believe that music is for everyone so, I enjoy experimenting with music from the icons.

“At the concert I will perform some George Michael and David Bowie.”

* Tickets, from £24.00 are available from 0161 237 9753 or 0161 237 1413, 50p booking fee.