Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

St Albans School pupil named Young Drummer of the Year 2018

12:16, 6th March 2018

St Albans School pupil Jeremiah Joshua Wallace has been named the Young Drummer of the Year 2018.

The Year 11 student was awarded the national title after performing a two-minute solo piece of his choice and two other pieces with a live band in the final round of the competition, which took place in front of an audience of 350 people and a panel of judges on 4 February at the Royal Spa Theatre in Leamington Spa.

One piece was sent to each of the finalists ahead of the final, and a second was released on the day. Drummers had a five-piece kit, hi-hats, two crash cymbals and a ride cymbal and all were allowed to bring their own kick pedal and drumsticks.

Wallace said: ‘Being a part of the Young Drummer of the Year competition really meant a lot to me as it is an event which I have worked really hard to be a part of and one that I have admired from a young age. I am honoured and proud to be the 2018 winner.’

Ian Matthews, drummer for Kasabian and member of the judging panel, said: ‘The standard among the finalists was so ridiculously high, making the whole event a real spectacle. My congratulations go out to Jeremiah Joshua Wallace for clinching first place, he truly has, like many of the finalists, a bright future ahead of him playing the drums.’

Fellow judge Daisy Palmer, drummer for Paloma Faith, said: ‘JJ’s dynamic skill, feel and superb musicality struck me first. He also had a maturity beyond his years towards listening and playing with other musicians.’

Jonathan Gillespie, head teacher at St Albans School, praised Wallace’s ‘tremendous achievement’, adding: ‘Jeremiah Joshua’s success is a great example of what dedication and hard work can achieve. We will all continue to watch his development as a musician with a keen interest.’

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