Jack back to school

Jack Gar­rett drops in to his old school

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Camilla Goodman camilla.goodman@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

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

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