Jolly Fisherman gong for talented musician

Skegness Mayor, Sue Binch presents Ashley Wass with a Jolly Fisherman award.

Skegness Mayor, Sue Binch presents Ashley Wass with a Jolly Fisherman award.

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A TALENTED musician who has received international acclaim, was presented a prestigious award from the Skegness Mayor.

Ashley Wass, 34, who is originally from Skegness, was given the surprise of his life recently when Mayor, Sue Binch dropped by on him and his family at The Vine Hotel where she presented him with the Jolly Fisherman statuette.

Ashley is an established pianist who attended the Royal Academy of Music where he won the Royal Overseas Piano Competition Gold medal and the World Piano Competition.

In fact, he is the premier classical label, Naxos’s first solo artist and has made five appearances at the world famous BBC Proms held at the Royal Albert Hall.

Ashley said: “It was so nice to be given the award. I was really surprised and it was totally unexpected. It is an honour to be recognised by the town and Skegness.”

Ashley attended Richmond Primary School and began having piano lessons at the age of five with local teacher, David Easton. He achieved a very high standard in record time and took on a second instrument in the clarinet where he also achieved grade eight status.

At the age of 11, Ashley moved on to study at the highly acclaimed Chethams School in Manchester where he was able to focus his musical talents.

Now based in Somerset with his wife Claire, Ashley loves to come back to Skegness to see his family and still calls Skegness home.

Mayor Sue Binch said: “I think for his young age that he is just outstanding.”

Peter Wass, Ashley’s father said: “We are very proud that Ashley has received this award and that the town have recognised his work.”

Ashley will also be directing this year’s Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival which takes place at Lincoln Drill Hall, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre and Doddington Hall between August 17 and 21.

He will also be playing at St Matthew’s Church in Skegness on Saturday June 4. This event will help fundraise for the festival in August.