A guitarist who has performed in a host of music festivals will showcase his talent at Bury Parish Church on Friday.

Sam Rodwell will be playing at the town centre church in a lunchtime concert at 12.30pm.

Sam completed his undergraduate degree at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester with a first class honours degree under the tutelage of Craig Ogden.

He went on to complete his masters in performance also at the RNCM with a distinction.

The college subsequently appointed him as an "associate guitar teacher" after excelling over a six-year period.

In his very first term as an undergraduate, he won the string department "salon prize", making him the first guitarist to win this competition for nearly 30 years.

And in his fourth year he went on to attain a place as a finalist in the highly prestigious "gold medal" competition.

He has appeared as a finalist in the New Elizabethan Award 2022, Ivor Mairants Guitar Award and Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition strings section.

Sam has given recitals in some of the most recognised concert halls in the UK, including a solo performance for 1,500 people at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester, St Martin-in-the-Fields, the David Josefowitz Recital Hall, Bridgewater Hall and RNCM Concert Hall, Buxton Pavilion among others.

He has also featured at many festivals including the World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia, where he premiered a new work with his saxophone and guitar duo, Duo Antipodes, a solo recital at Hellys International Guitar Festival, Cardiff Guitar Festival, Craig Ogden’s Big Guitar Weekend, Winchester Festival, World Youth Guitar Festival and Ribfest.

Tickets will cost £5 on the door and refreshments will be served from 11.30am.