When Sam Jewison runs his fingers over the piano and sings The Way You Look Tonight, it’s magical – and why he is on his way to music college.
The 18-year-old – who has been on the Scarborough performance scene since the age of four – has won a place at Trinity Laban Conservatorie of Music and Dance in Greenwich.
He is staging a farewell concert with a 10-piece band before he goes off to study for a four-year degree.
The event is at the Concert Room, Scarborough Library, Vernon Road, on Tuesday at 7pm. Doors at 6.30pm.
The Jerome Kern song is one of many that makes up the programme from the Great American Songbook.
“I was in London 10 years ago and saw famous music colleges and thought that’s the kind of place I could see myself in,” said Sam, who lives in Beechville Avenue. “I have never wavered from the ambition of going to music college. Music is what I studied at school and what I did out of school.”
Sam went to St Martin’s Primary and St Augustine’s – which is where the music really came to the fore. He was a member of the school choir, orchestra, swing band, accompanied the choir on piano and conducted the orchestra.
His science teacher Mark Winspear, who was also a concert pianist, honed Sam’s skills and introduced him to classical music with the likes of Chopin and Rachmaninov.
“I would listen to musicals on the television and play them by ear but Mark gave me masterclasses in piano playing.”
Head of music at St Augustine’s Oliver Baron was a huge influence – and is one of the members of Sam’s band for his farewell concert.
“My time at St Augustine’s was invaluable,” said Sam, who with hundreds of other teenagers, will be picking up his A-level results from Scarborough Sixth Form College today.