Jack back to school
Jack Garrett drops in to his old school
AN award-winning musician from Bucks paid a visit to his old school this week.
Jack Garratt, from Little Chalfont, took an hour out of his busy schedule to pop into St Clement Danes School in Chorleywood on Monday morning (April 11).
He spent time in the school’s music department reminiscing and chatting with his former music teacher Anna Stevens.
Jack attended the school from 2003 to 2010.
A statement on the school’s website said: “He seemed to enjoy revisiting his musical haunts, checking out the new instruments and learning about how the ‘Jack Hat’ is used as a motivational tool in music lessons.
“Students were quietly awestruck to have him interrupting their classes and there was an unusually high volume of traffic going backwards and forwards past the music office at break once word got around of his visit.
“We were thrilled to be able to welcome him back to St Clement Danes and delighted that, on the back of his many recent accolades and album launch, he is performing to sell-out crowds across the world.
“We hope to see him again soon and wish him continuing success in his musical career.”
The 24-year-old, who supported Mumford and Sons on their UK tour, has a number of accolades to his name after winning the BBC Music Sound Of 2016 poll in January, previously won by artists including Adele, Sam Smith, Haim, Years and Years and Ellie Goulding.
In November he was announced as the winner of the Brits 2016 Critics’ Choice award and in December he won the BBC Music Introducing Artist of the Year Award.
The former Little Chalfont Primary School pupil released his debut album Phase in February before going on tour in the US.
When this paper interviewed Jack in February, he said he has fond memories of his time at St Clement Danes.
He said: “It always had an encouraging attitude to music.
“My music teacher Anna Stevens was so important to me, more than I think she knows.
“She never discouraged me, and neither did my parents. The school would encourage you to create and I think that’s why it’s so good for music and for artists.”
Reunion: Jack Garratt back at his old school St Clement Danes