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Hard work pays off for talented former Wymondham High School pupil Chris

"It was quite an unstable time and it was hard to come to terms with, but once you've lost your eyesight you don't have much choice and you do get on with it.

Former Wymondham High School pupil Chris Alderson, 24, developed a rare disease which destroys the optic nerve while studying for his GCSEs.

He picked up a guitar around a year after losing his sight, puts in at least three hours practice every day and is set to graduate from City College Norwich with a music degree this year finding out his results next month.

"I think my teacher was a bit nervous to begin with, but we developed our own system," he smiled. "We would go through a piece of music a few times then I would practice at home and record it to my dictaphone.

The humble musician specialises in classical and Spanish traditional guitar.

"Hopefully I can make a living out of what I love."

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"I took to it quite quickly for some reason.

"I had tried playing before I lost my eyesight but I found it easier when I couldn't see what I was doing.

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Mr Alderson, of Marlingford, went blind aged 16, but did not let it rule his life.

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"It makes everything a lot harder, but you have to develop your own strategies."

Mr Alderson has been playing guitar for nearly eight years now, and as part of his Creative Practices into Enterprise music degree at City College he has been learning about gig promotion and other ways of making a living from music.

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And he has hailed tutors at City College and his private guitar tutor Kale Bannosian, of Easton, for helping him towards his goal.

"I think he wouldn't have bothered if he didn't think it was possible."

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"I wasn't at school very much and lost touch with a lot of my friends there.

"I would have an attack and my eyesight would get worse, then it would get better for a few months," he said. "It was really really hard for me.

"It was easier getting muscle memory together with the sound.

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