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Sam_Okell_with_Grammy_IIOld Wellensian, Sam Okell, has just been awarded his second GRAMMY for Best Historical Album, at the 54th annual GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles, for his work on ‘Band on the Run’ (Paul McCartney Archive Collection - Deluxe Edition). 


The recording industry's most prestigious award, the GRAMMY, is presented annually by The Recording Academy.  A GRAMMY is awarded by The Recording Academy's voting membership to honor excellence in the recording arts and sciences. It is truly a peer honor, awarded by and to artists and technical professionals for artistic or technical achievement, not sales or chart positions.

Sam, who was the first Department of Education and Employment funded specialist percussionist at Wells Cathedral School between 1996 and 1998, where he studied music, maths and physics, now works at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London, which houses the world’s largest recording studio and produces recordings and remasterings for many top international musicians. Last October he was honoured by his former school when he was awarded a Founation Fellowship by Wells.

Last year Sam won his first Grammy for ‘The Beatles’ (The original studio recordings); and also worked on the score for the Oscar nominated and BAFTA Award winning film, The King's Speech.

Wells Facts

In 1969, we were one of the first independent schools to become co-educational. Even today Wells is one of the few that can claim to be genuinely 50/50. Girls and boys are evenly integrated, from Nursery through to Sixth Form.

Find out more about our history.



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