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:


Have learnt so much today, will revolutionise my teaching. Super, uplifting, motivational, inspirational.

Angela Lesslie, Peripatetic Instrumental Teacher

Brilliant ideas to take forward into my own teaching… a fantastic day – left with lots of new ideas and strategies…

Kate Baxter, Manchester Metropolitan University

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

Jamie Thomas, Hall Cross Academy