A young guitarist has spoken of his ‘surprise’ after being crowned the winner of the first Bury’s Got Talent competition.
Sam Chapman, 15, battled it out against 13 other acts in the final of the contest at the Theatre Royal to scoop £1,000 and a trophy.
The King Edward VI School student won after stunning the judges and audience with his arrangement of ‘Classical Gas’ - composed originally by Mason Williams.
He said: “I was really surprised. I didn’t go into it expecting to win. When they first announced my name in the top three it was amazing and I was really excited when they went on to announce the winner.”
The contest was organised by the Theatre Royal Supporters Group and has raised more than £7,000 for the venue.
More than 50 acts applied for the contest with 36 making it through to the heats held over three nights at Conservatoire EAST at West Suffolk College.
It was Sam’s mum Philippa who told him about the competition and he decided to apply for the chance to perform infront of an audience.
He started playing guitar about nine years ago in a club when he was a pupil at the now closed Badwell Ash Primary School. After a few months he began having lessons which he has continued with on a weekly basis ever since.
Asked why he likes the guitar, Sam said: “It’s an instrument which is played in a lot of songs so there’s a lot of things for you to play. You can also accompany other pieces but play it on your own.”
Following his win, he said he wants to carry on developing his guitar skills as a hobby and would like the opportunity to perform more for audiences.
Jacqui Laidler, contest organiser, added: “The contestants all shone. I want to thank everyone who attended and all the people - not just the judges and everyone visible but everyone backstage who were absolutely fantastic.”