Sam Wilson, 21, wowed the judges to win the Cherubim Marimba Competition. Sam, who is in his third year at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, is also playing at the Aldeburgh Festival this year in Peter Grimes, the anniversary performance of St Nicholas, and a new production of Britten Opera scenes conducted by Steuart Bedford, both in November.
The judges (Simon Archer of the ROH, former Cherubim Young Musician Eddy Hackett, Nicholas Ormrod of the ROH, and Trust director Michael Maxwell Steer) were unanimous in awarding the marimba to Sam Wilson, in recognition of his virtuosity on the instrument, and the scope of his collaborative plans for its use.
He says “In my work as a percussionist, I am hugely passionate about contemporary music performance, both in the solo sphere and in a larger ensemble context. I was delighted to be offered a place last year on the London Sinfonietta Academy.” Sam will also be appearing at Glastonbury, performing with hip-hop comedy act Abandoman, ahead of a full run at this summer’s Edinburgh Festival.