A MUSICIAN who grew up in Henley has become only the second saxophonist to win a gold medal at a national music competition.
Huw Wiggin, 27, received £15,000 in prize money after winning the Royal Over-Seas League contest, which has been going 62 years.
Earlier this year, he won a medal in the wind and percussion section of the competition.
The competition was held at the South Bank Centre in London and the prizes were presented by Princess Alexandra, who is vice- patron of the League.
Mr Wiggin said: It feels amazing to be part of such a prestigious competition with such incredible musicians. I feel really honoured to have won the gold and Im looking forward to a bright future.
Mr Wiggin is a former pupil of Trinity Primary School and Gillotts School in Henley who now lives in London.
He won scholarships to the Chetham School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, where he studied under accomplished saxophonist Rob Buckland and achieved a first.
He also won a scholarship to study at the Cologne Conservatoire and achieved a first with distinction in his masters degree at the Royal College of Music.
He is currently appearing at venues and music societies across Britain as a selected artist on the Countess of Munster Musical Trust recital scheme.
His parents, Charles and Sally, live in Oaks Road, Shiplake.
They said: Huw always wanted to be a musician from an early age, starting with the recorder then choosing to play the cello and the saxophone.
He has always been self-motivated and puts his heart and soul into his playing. He works determinedly to achieve not only technical perfection but bring enjoyment to a wide audience.
We are so proud that Huws persistence and hard work has been rewarded.