Young Marimbist Wows Festival

Congratulations to Brentwood School Sixth Former Jonathan Akerman for making the finals of the Stratford & East London Music Festival’s Young Musician of the Year Competition.

Eighteen-year-old Jonathan, who plays the marimba, was one of eight outstanding musicians who impressed adjudicators the most over the course of last month’s half-term festival.

It was the first time the marimba, a percussion instrument consisting of a set of wooden bars struck with mallets, had been heard at the competition and organisers said they felt privileged to hear Jonathan play.