BBC award for Jack of all musical tastes
Teachers remember an extremely engaging performer with pride
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.