Students at Morpeth School welcomed one of London’s foremost rock guitarists, Ace, co-founder of the band Skunk Anansie, on Monday 9th November 2015.
Up to 40 Morpeth music students aged 15-18, are set to benefit from a unique lesson and insight into the music industry from Ace, who is swapping stage and studio for the classroom, to inspire the next generation of musicians.
Ace, whose career spans 20 years, has sold over 5 million records and toured the world 7 times over, including headlining Glastonbury.
He is currently leading The Ace Tour, supported by Yamaha the world’s largest manufacturer of musical instruments, and will visit 11 locations including Morpeth School, nationwide.
The school already uses Yamaha’s highly acclaimed Class Band method to teach Brass and Woodwind.
Ace is currently Head of Creative Industry for The Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford.
He is a renowned music educator who co-wrote and taught the BA Hons Live Performance and A&R modules at the acclaimed Brighton Institute of Modern Music.
Ace holds a Master of Arts qualification in Media and Project Management based in music education from London Middlesex University and operates his own London schools incorporating the ‘Ace Method’ of guitar tuition.
Throughout the tour Ace will be playing Yamaha’s SG electric and APX electro-acoustic guitars.
The corporation has been working with Ace since organising the Under 19 section of Parliament’s ‘Rock the House’ competition to showcase the UK’s best new musical talent, of which Ace is a patron.
Ace states, “I’m very much looking forward to visiting Morpeth School on Monday 9th November. It's always amazing to be working with Yamaha sharing the passion for, and inspiring young musicians through their schools and programmes.
“Also working together with such prestigious events as Rock the House in Parliament and within Higher Education at the acclaimed Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) is an honour and a pleasure!”
Yamaha Music Schools Education Manager, Nigel Burrows, said: “We are delighted to be working with Ace again this year and visiting a number of Yamaha Music Schools and Education partners.
“We share a common goal in trying to inspire young musicians and give them practical advice gained from our collective experience as well as providing them with a number of platforms to develop their talent. Ace’s presentation is very inspiring and motivational tempered with a reality check that can only come from being a working Rock Musician!”