Sam Nicholls and Friends in Concert - Sunday,
Over 150 people filled St Paulís to hear the outstanding talent of three young students of the Junior Royal Northern College of Music.
Sam Nicholls (the grandson of our Reader Joyce Leach) entertained us with his percussion skills, playing the marimba, drums and vibraphone, while Rachel Burnett (also aged 16) sang six solos, one of which she accompanied on the piano, and Nick Rushworth (aged 18) played the saxophone and vibraphone. They were accompanied on the piano by Fredrik Holm, who is the MD for the Westmorland Youth Orchestra.
It was a real privilege to have been there to listen to the talent of these inspirational young people.
Sam is in year 12 at Kirbie Kendal School, and travels to Manchester on Saturdays to study percussion at the JRNCM. He started learning drums from the age of 7. He was awarded the Ian Macpherson prize in his first year at JRNCM for outstanding musicianship, his second year the Sylvia Swiffin Trust prize for outstanding progress, and last year the prize for ensemble playing with his percussion duo partner Nick. Sam now plays with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and is playing for the first time at the BBC Proms this summer.