Top musician gives students an impromptu concert

A top musician gave an impromptu concert when he visited Pool Academy to inspire students to overcome challenges and find motivation.

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The CEO of YouthMusic UK, Matt Griffiths, came to run a workshop for Year 10s and 11s recently.

During his visit he showed off his skills by playing the drums before hearing students perform for him too.

Emily Cromey, Head of Faculty for Art, Music, and Drama and PE, said: “It was a brilliant day.

“Our students really appreciated the opportunity to pick the brains of an industry professional. Many took the opportunity to grill him on his musical background. They also had a really interesting conversation about how to be successful as a musician and an aspiring leader.

“It was fascinating to hear his stories and see the similarities in his journey to our young people.

“It was very inspiring, especially the impromptu concert at the end when he played the drums for us and some of our students shared some of their own performances as well.”

In the past Mr Griffiths was the founding Director of Plymouth Music Zone, Director of Arts for the Dartington Hall Trust and founder of the Devon School for Social Entrepreneurs.

He is a member of the Music Education Council forum and Cultural Learning Alliance steering group.

Those who work for YouthMusic UK believe everyone should have the chance to be able to make music.

Mr Griffiths can be contacted via twitter @mattgriff1968 and @youthmusic or on Facebook @youthmusicuk and Instagram is @youthmusic_charity