A Message from Lucas Dick, winner of The R C Sherriff Young Musician of the Year Competition 2019:


My name is Lucas Dick, I am 14 years old and have been playing the clarinet for 7 years. I live in Esher and attend King's College School, Wimbledon.

I am writing to let you know that I have been selected to take part in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain’s NYO: Our Musical Planet digital activity on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 May. I’ll join NYO and NYO Inspire musicians; most of us have never met before and we represent every region in the UK. Together we’ll be working on creating a socially distanced performance of 'Jupiter' from Holst's The Planets, celebrating the power of music to connect us across any distance.

While we can’t travel physically, a love of music is allowing us all to connect with others across time and space, and explore further than our own four walls - and we want you to help us spread the word!

If we were able to hear as we looked down on the earth from space, we would be blown away by the diversity and richness of our incredible musical planet. And as we zoom in closer, we know this planet is powered by all the billions of musical citizens, creating their own music that lights up their local community, before radiating outwards to create musical towns, musical cities, and musical communities that transcend borders.

That’s why we are asking everyone - whether they play an instrument or not, to take part at 5:00pm on 29 May and power up our musical universe by igniting the relationships they can make closer to home, and create the local connections that make up our musical planet, celebrating the power of music to connect us across any distance.

NYO musicians past and present have created the tools needed to take part:

• Play a solo performance by downloading the parts

• Remix the sounds from Jupiter if you write music using your phone or computer

• Sing the 'Song of the Planet' live at 5:00pm, with lyrics written by poet Probably Tomfoolery, the poet behind the viral poem 'The Great Realisation' which has had 30million views so far on social media

• Perform with others - at a distance! - by downloading parts in our five-part arrangement.

I would, therefore be grateful for anything you can do to help spread the word. You can find out more about it and how you can take part on our website.

Best wishes,

Lucas Dick


The R C Sherriff Young

Musician of the Year 2019

Celebrating and showcasing young musical talent

(Through the bequest of Nigel Truefitt)



Congratulations to the Winners and Runners Up in the 2019 R C Sherriff Young Musician of the Year.

VOICE: Junior Category

1st Place           Zac Conibear

2nd Place        Todd Dachtler

3rd Place =       Lucia Phillips

3rd Place =       Karis Taylor














VOICE: Senior Category

1st Place           Zoe Starling

2nd Place         Rosalind Helsby

3rd Place =       Jennifer Adams

3rd Place =       Abigail Helsby













1st Place               Lucas Dick (Clarinet)

2nd Place            Reuben Anelay (Trumpet)

3rd Place =          Emily Dicker (Piano)

3rd Place =          Thomas Kavanagh (Guitar)

Special Award     Mia Wepener (Piano)  

From L to R Zac Conibear, Karis Taylor, Lucia Phillips & Todd Dachtler

From L to R Rosalind Helsby, Jennifer Adams, Abigail Helsby and Zoe Starling

The R C Sherriff Young Musician of the Year will return in 2020