Young Drummer of the Year: Former Hockerill student Lewis Isaacs reaches final again
A talented young musician is hoping to beat the competition after making it to the final of the Young Drummer of the Year.
It is the second time Lewis Isaacs, 16, a former pupil at Hockerill Anglo European College, has made it through to the final 10 contestants in the nationwide contest.
Developed by drum education influencer Mike Dolbear and producer and industry manager Ade Holbrook, the competition is now in its 19th year and attracts a larger number of entrants annually as well as a highly respected panel of judges who have drummed with some of the biggest names in the business, including Adele, Robbie Williams and Rita Ora.
Taking place in Bromsgrove in Worcestershire on Sunday February 2, Lewis will have to perform a drum solo as well as accompany a track which was composed especially for the final and which he has had only a few weeks to learn.
The third and final task will see him play another track which he will have heard for the first time only hours before he takes to the stage to perform it alongside a live band. Lastly, the teenager will face an interview with the judging panel before the overall winner is announced.
Lewis, who lives in Little Hallingbury and now attends the Purcell School for Young Musicians in Bushey, said: “I'm really looking forward to competing again. I wasn’t nervous last time, but it'll be easier this time knowing what to expect and hopefully I've improved in the last year.
“Of course, I hope I can win as it leads to lots of opportunities as well as the chance to win a new drum kit. However, regardless, it's a great experience just performing in this event, meeting other drummers and getting feedback from some of the best professional drummers in the country.”