Sudbury teenagers Toby Halls and Joe Snell given once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to record at the BBC Maida Vale studios

PUBLISHED: 18:03 23 October 2016 | UPDATED: 18:10 23 October 2016

Ivy Pound at Sudbury Cancer Reasearch UK shop
with buskers who have won an award,  Joe Snell ( left ) and Toby Halls 

Ivy Pound at Sudbury Cancer Reasearch UK shop with buskers who have won an award, Joe Snell ( left ) and Toby Halls 21/10/2016

Teenage heroes Joe Snell and Toby Halls discovered yesterday they will get the chance to record at the world-famous Maida Vale music studios in London after winning a BBC Radio 1 Teen Hero Award.

Joe, 17, and Toby, 15, were presented the award at the Wembley arena this afternoon by DJ Scott Mills following their charity work in Sudbury for Cancer Research UK and The Smile of Arran Trust – a charity set up in the wake of the death of their friend 13-year-old Arran Tosh in 2014.

“We really love your passion for music. I know Arran would be proud of you,” Scott Mills told them on stage in front of thousands of people.

His co-presenter Chris Stark also said: “We love these boys, so as music lovers this story really resonated with us as part of the panel and we think it will with you guys too.”

As well as presenting the Hedingham School pupils with a new guitar each they were then told on-stage they would be getting the chance to record in the world-famous studio, which has hosted the likes of The Beatles and Led Zeppelin.

Arran Tosh with his mum AlisonArran Tosh with his mum Alison

In a pre-recorded video played to the audience before Joe and Toby took to the stage, Joe said: “When we go on stage at Wembley we’re definitely accepting the award not only for us but absolutely on Arran’s behalf.”


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