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Musical superstar Tom to help Shropshire school launch Sounds of the Future

Local musical superstar Tom Hall is to launch Wrekin College’s Sounds of the Future (@WrekinCol) series of concerts next week with an exciting recital back in his hometown.

Tom, who’s currently in his final year at the Royal Northern College of Music (@rncmlive) in Manchester and is set to become a professional percussionist, will help the school kick start the New Year with the start of its ambitious Sounds of the Future programme.

The Telford resident has already attained considerable success in music competitions nationally, the highlight being reaching the televised percussion final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition.

“We’re absolutely delighted to have Tom joining us for the first of our Sounds of the Future concerts,” said the school’s Director of Music Simon Platford.

“It has been a difficult time for musical performance which has been impacted greatly by restrictions put in place during the last two years due to the pandemic.

“But now we are, fingers crossed, looking forward to a very exciting year ahead full of opportunities for children to really develop their musical abilities and their performance skills.

“Music is a very important part of the curriculum at Wrekin College and ‘Sounds of the Future’ will hopefully inspire our pupils and other young musicians, by showing them the standards that can be reached by musicians in some cases only one or two years older than them. It also supports those at the start of their professional musical careers.” 

In his live performance on January 21, Tom will play a wide variety of music that will appeal to all tastes, playing instruments that were first brought to the public’s attention by Dame Evelyn Glennie, such as the marimba and the vibraphone – a sound more commonly associated with the world of jazz.

The new Sounds of the Future series of five concerts is being headlined with a performance by pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason who performed at Wrekin College last year alongside her brother Sheku, the Royal Wedding cellist.

The school opened a £2.5 million music school in January 2020 and offers scholarships and bursaries to talented and enthusiastic young musicians.  

The concert starts at 7pm and is in the new Music School at Wrekin College. Tickets are £5 and can be bought via or on the door. 

The event will follow all current Covid-19 Government guidelines. 

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