On the 13th of November Guitar students at Peterborough Music School welcomed one of the UK’s foremost rock guitarists who in a career spanning 20 years has sold over 5 million records and toured the world 7 times over, including headlining Glastonbury.
Students of all ages up to adult benefited from a unique evening lesson and insight into the music industry from Ace – the guitarist, writer and co-founder of iconic British rock band, Skunk Anansie, who is swapping stage and studio for classroom, to inspire the next generation of musicians.
The Ace Tour supported by the world’s largest manufacturer of musical instruments, Yamaha, visited 11 locations nationwide comprising Yamaha Music schools that teach Yamaha’s highly acclaimed Guitar Encounters course and education partners including colleges and universities.
Currently Head of Creative Industry for The Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Ace 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. He 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.
Yamaha have 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 had a great evening at Peterborough Music School. While I was there I had a look at the plans for their new premises and it looks fantastic. I’m really looking forward to coming back to see the new facility in 2016! 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!”
Simon Kirk, Peterborough Music School operator: “It was an honour to host ACE at our Music School. Not only is he a fantastic guitarist that has been incredibly successful, he is a great guy that had all the time in the world for our students. These special events are one of the great advantages we have being a Yamaha Music Point. We are looking forward to hosting more well known names in the future.”