Paisley-born Lewis gained a place at the Douglas Academy Music School after showing exceptional promise in his early years at primary school. There he was taught by Jo Pacewicz, clarinettist with the RSNO. In Primary 7 he entered the RSAMD Junior programme. In 2009, Lewis sat Advanced Higher Music and received the highest marks in Scotland.
In 2010, Lewis performed with NYOS, conducted by Diego Masson, and as part of a trio won the Aillie Cullen Memorial Prize at the Glasgow Music Festival for the best performance of the festival. He has also been playing principal clarinet in the West of Scotland Schools Symphony Orchestra where he had the opportunity to conduct the orchestra, under the watchful eye of James Lowe.
Lewis is considered to be one of the most exciting woodwind instrumentalists in Scotland of his generation of young musicians, showing exceptional musical intelligence and originality in his playing. When Lewis was offered a place to study music at the Royal College of Music, he writes that “to be offered a place … was beyond anything I ever imagined I would achieve, and my perspective shifted at that point to not just trying my best but actually being the best I could be.”
How the Award Helped
The Dewar Arts Award will help him financially as he starts his undergraduate studies at the Royal College of Music in London.
After a very successful first year at the Royal College of Music, the trustees were pleased to extend their support of Lewis into his second year.