Pupils at Letchworth’s Fearnhill School learn music with Status Quo drummer and Madness trombonist

Madness trombonist Paul Fisher leads his workshop at Fearnhill School. Photo: Courtesy of Fearnhill

Madness trombonist Paul Fisher leads his workshop at Fearnhill School. Photo: Courtesy of Fearnhill School - Credit: Archant

Students at a Letchworth school enjoyed music workshops with the drummer from Status Quo and a tromonist who plays with Madness.

Status Quo drummer Jeff Rich at Fearnhill School. Photo: Courtesy of Fearnhill School

Status Quo drummer Jeff Rich at Fearnhill School. Photo: Courtesy of Fearnhill School - Credit: Archant

Status Quo drummer Jeff Rich gave an exciting and loud talk at Fearnhill School and demonstrated the history of drumming, from early African instruments up to the modern drum kit.

The pupils had a chance to play themselves as well as watching Jeff’s demonstrations.

Fearnhill music head Mrs Landsman said: “The students were amazed by Jeff’s skill as a drummer and loved the opportunity to get involved and play along with him.”

Madness trombonist Paul Fisher visited the next day, along with a colleague called Ben who plays trumpet for Michael Bublé.


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Paul and Ben played well-known tunes including 500 Miles and The Saints, before inviting the youngsters up to have a go for themselves.

Within a few minutes five volunteers were playing along to James Brown’s I Feel Good.

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Nick Shaw, who has directed the chamber choir of Junior Guildhall since 2003, also visited and encouraged the pupils to use actions and expression to help improve their singing.

He had them sing various types of music, including traditional African styles and jazz.

Headteacher Liz Ellis added: “At Fearnhill our focus is on educating the whole student, which means we are always looking for new experiences and opportunities for them.

“Creative and performing arts are an important part of this vision and we look forward to watching them continue to blossom at the school.

“The students had a great and inspiring time with these professional musicians.”

To find out more see fearnhill.herts.sch.uk.

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