BBC award for Jack of all mu­si­cal tastes

Teach­ers re­mem­ber an ex­tremely en­gag­ing per­former with pride

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Jack Garratt, topped the BBC Sound of 2016 list, hav­ing al­ready won BBC Mu­sic In­tro­duc­ing Artist of the Year and the Crit­ics’ Choice Brit Award.

In De­cem­ber he per­formed at the BBC Mu­sic Awards which was tele­vised on BBC 1.

Pre­vi­ous ‘BBC Sound of’ win­ners in­clude Adele, Sam Smith, El­lie Gould­ing and Years & Years.

Jack, who sup­ported Mum­ford & Sons on their UK tour, says he will now re­lease his de­but stu­dio al­bum Phase next month, fea­tur­ing songs such as Weath­ered, Breathe Life, and Chem­i­cal.

Jack was at St Cle­ment Danes School in Chor­ley­wood from Septem­ber 2003 to July 2010 and the school’s head­teacher Dr Josephine Valen­tine said they were ‘de­lighted’ with his achieve­ments.

She said: “We re­mem­ber Jack’s out­stand­ing per­for­mances in school con­certs and pro­duc­tions where his so­los demon­strated im­mense po­ten­tial, even at an early age. We are enor­mously proud of his achieve­ments and de­lighted his ca­reer is tak­ing off in this way.’”

Di­rec­tor of mu­sic at the school Anna Stevens re­mem­bers Jack in­cred­i­bly tal­ented.

She added: “We run a huge va­ri­ety of mu­si­cal en­sem­bles at St Cle­ment Danes, and Jack al­ways got in­volved with as much as he could. He played trom­bone in the or­ches­tra and jazz band, but also played drums and gui­tar for them as nec­es­sary.

“He sang in choral groups, toured with the school to Hol­land, Italy, Nor­mandy and Prague and, as he moved up the school, worked with younger stu­dents, help­ing with demos and en­cour­ag­ing them.

“He stud­ied A-lev­els in mu­sic and mu­sic tech­nol­ogy and al­ways pro­fessed a love of mu­sic in gen­eral, rather than a love of a par­tic­u­lar style or mu­si­cian; he was as in­ter­ested in lessons on clas­si­cal mu­sic as he was on more con­tem­po­rary artists, know­ing that he could learn some­thing from all gen­res of mu­sic.

“Whilst at the school he wrote a piece specif­i­cally for the school’s Gospel Choir. I re­mem­ber him as a mu­si­cian who al­ways wore his heart on his sleeve – this made him an ex­tremely en­gag­ing per­former even when he was at school, that does not seem to have changed. “

Jack has do­nated one of his tour caps to the mu­sic depart­ment, which now awards it to stu­dents who have per­formed par­tic­u­larly well.

It is now con­sid­ered a huge hon­our to wear the ‘Jack hat’ in mu­sic.

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