Top recording artists support Musical Futures work in schools

Buddy Strong and Valdez Bradley, both currently on tour with Usher, visited Morpeth School in Bethnal Green yesterday to perform to Musical Futures students. Buddy is keyboard player for Usher, and Valdez is the MD, and they have worked with Usher since he first started his musical career. Staff and students were inspired by Buddy’s keyboard performance, and by his passionate and honest account of being a professional musician. His main advice to students was “Know your talent. Network. Work hard at your craft. And never give up.” Morpeth Director of Music Peter Romhany said: “Linking with professionals who are passionate about what they do raises the aspirations of students, encourages them to pursue their dreams, and often sparks new beginnings for students.”

Usher sent a personal message to Musical Futures students on why music in schools is important:

 

The children I am working with are responding to positively. They are very keen to learn new music and don’t not feel threatened to play. They enjoy the ‘have a go’ and ‘just play’ strategy.

Mhairi Easton, Southesk primary School

In all schemes of work and lessons from now on! Excellent day, wish I would have come years ago.

Jamie Thomas, Hall Cross Academy

Excellent workshops – extremely accessible for all abilities and levels.

Claire Armour, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra