Students at Walton High School are preparing to welcome 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.
A group of up to 50 young musicians will benefit from a unique lesson and insight into the music industry from Ace who, during a 20-year career, sold over five million records and toured the world seven times over, including headlining Glastonbury.
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.
He will be visiting Milton Keynes on Tuesday, (November 10) as part of the Ace Tour, which is supported by the world’s largest manufacturer of musical instruments, Yamaha,
Ace said:“I’m very much looking forward to visiting Milton Keynes. 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!”
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.
Yamaha Music Schools education manager, Nigel Burrows, said: “We are delighted to be working with Ace again this year and visiting a number of Yamaha Music Schools and Education partners. We share a common goal in trying to inspire young musicians and give them practical advice gained from our collective experience as well as providing them with a number of platforms to develop their talent. Ace’s presentation is very inspiring and motivational tempered with a reality check that can only come from being a working rock musician.”