Rock star’s mas­ter­class for pupils

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

PUPILS at the King’s School had a drum­ming mas­ter­class from a real life rock star.

Drum­mer and Mer­cury Prize win­ner Richard Jupp, who has been with El­bow for 21 years, brought a life­time’s ex­pe­ri­ence on the stage to 20 stu­dents at the King’s School.

He talked about the highs of his ca­reer, in­clud­ing per­form­ing in front of 150,000 peo­ple at Glas­ton­bury.

Richard said: “You have to have an aware­ness of your breath, thoughts and use pos­i­tive self talk, which helps to fo­cus the mind.”

He added that re­lax­ing and hav­ing fun was im­por­tant for cre­ativ­ity.

Ian Craw­ford, King’s direc­tor of mu­sic, said “Richard was a real in­spi­ra­tion to our pupils, not only in en­cour­ag­ing them to de­velop their drum tech­nique but also in re­mind­ing them to al­ways stay ‘in the mo­ment’ and be aware of what the other mu­si­cians around them are do­ing.

“The ses­sion showed the cre­ative in­put the drum­mer has not only in per­for­mance but in all as­pects of the song writ­ing process.

“What was most pleas­ing was that as our stu­dios filled with the dis­tinc­tive tune and beat of their clas­sic song ‘One Day Like This’ then so did the back of the room as more and more peo­ple ven­tured in to hear and see a mas­ter at work.”

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