Thoroughly enjoyed watching (and taking part!) in the annual guitar concert for all my younger pupils. With two of my pupils going on to study at ACM (Academy of Contemporary Music) in Guildford there was plenty of talent on show. It was clear to see the progression of all those that performed last year, and particular congratulations should go to all those performing onstage for the first time.
Congratulations to my pupils Lucy and Matias for passing their recent RGT exams with distinction! Lucy took the Acoustic Guitar Grade 3 and played the traditional folk piece Atholl Highlanders and Matias took the Rock Guitar Grade 2 and played The Clash – Should I Stay Or Should I go. That 33 grade exams I have guided guitarists through – a lot passing with distinction.
Have a listen to ‘Desert Island’ – the new song from the band ’35’ that I teach at the Norwegian School. For the past year, these guys (aged 8-9yrs) have been learning how to play together, write songs and perform. They have played in front of hundreds at the Norwegian Independence celebrations at Southwark Park, and we recorded this song together at the end of term.
Have a listen to all the songs that bands at the school have put together at their Soundcloud page here.
Last month, I held a concert for all my guitar pupils (of school age) to play something that they had been working on. For most of the group this was their first time performing in public. Some were even singing for the first time too, and there were original compositions as well as covers.
Many congratulations to all who took part. It was really fun working on it, and I’m sure we’ll do something similar next year!
Some guitar pupils have recently posted some songs of theirs online. Watch Sam playing his version of John Renbourn’s Transfusion below:
And Zoe has written and recorded a song called ‘Moving On’. We recorded it during the guitar lessons – Zoe is playing all the instruments, and I helped to create the parts and mix the track.