Guildhall Prizewinner


Sixth Former, William Thomas has won the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s most prestigious junior music award.

William, who has been a member of the Junior Guildhall School for five years, was one of six finalists competing for the coveted Lutine Prize.

His winning recital was a programme of Peeters’ Sonata for Trumpet III Toccata, William Himes’ Concertino for Flugelhorn II Ballad, Allen Vizzutti’s Cascades and his own arrangement of Piazzolla’s Oblivion, from the ‘Paris’ album by Alison Balsom.


In recognition of his achievement, the 16 year-old was awarded £1000 and the opportunity to perform a Concerto later in the year. This is the latest in a series of musical achievements for William: in 2014 he was a Brass Finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year and in 2015 he was awarded both Kingston Young Musician of the Year and Richmond Young Instrumentalist of the Year.