Tyler Rix is super excited. The young saxophone player is positively buzzing down the phone from the recording studio in Sheffield where he’s busy putting together demos for his second album.

It’s understandable, really - as well as being chosen to be the last of the 8,000 Olympic Relay Torchbearers, the one to carry the flame to the Hyde Park concert stage for the Olympic Torch Relay Finale celebrations, the 19-year-old from Woodside Park is playing at BT London Live 2012 in Hyde Park with the Tyler Rix Quartet, before playing ten dates in the Olympic Park itself.

"It’s going to be mad!" he laughs. "It didn’t sink in for ages - it still hasn’t. When I got the call I had to jump around for about ten minutes then call them back and say ‘I’m ready to talk now!’ It’s going to be amazing, we’re going to be on BBC1! I’m trying to picture us in front of all those people and I just can’t."

Tyler will be playing with Daniel Marks, 19, from High Barnet on drums, Pete Torrington, 21, from Kingston on guitar and Jack Polley, 19, from Greenwich on bass.

This is just the latest in a string of achievements for Tyler, a former pupil of Dame Alice Owen’s School in Potters Bar. He has performed as a classical saxophone soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra; he released an album when he was just 16 with the quartet which went to number one in the classical album charts - 2009’s Ascent; he played football for the West Ham Academy from the ages of seven to 14, winning the schoolboys’ National FA Cup in 2007; as a model he has appeared in The Times and Tatler; and he has just finished filming his first short film.

As well as playing three slots at the bandstand for up and coming British talent at BT London Live 2012 in Hyde Park, Tyler and the boys will also be performing at The Globe for the Olympic athletes while they enjoy some down-time from competing on July 28. They also performed at the official opening of the Athletes’ Village on June 29, which was "wicked""."

"Obviously I wanted to be part of the Olympics but I never imagined in a million years that I’d be doing all this," Tyler continues. "It’s really intense. But that’s how I live my life."

It is indeed. Tyler started playing saxophone at the age of nine and within a year he’d reached Grade 5. His music teacher then suggested he apply for the Junior Guildhall School of Music for gifted young musicians, which he attended until he was 18. He is now studying for a jazz performance degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Greenwich.

"Every teenager dreams of being a Premier League footballer or a top model or having a record deal - and I’m getting to the top in all of these things, it’s fantastic."

Once all the excitement of the summer has died down, Tyler and the band will continue work on their second album, which is already attracting attention from record label Decca, and they hope to do a tour of England consisting of 200 gigs in a year - a typically over-the-top goal but one you just know they’ll pull off.

"It’s all really taking off," Tyler says with endearing understatement, "I’m getting out there and letting people see me. It’s so amazing that I’ve been recognised for doing what I do and that all these events are helping me to get where I’m going."

  • The Tyler Rix Quartet play the BT London Live 2012 Bandstand on Sunday, July 29, Tuesday, July 31 and Saturday, August 11.