Young musicians get ready to rock on stage in Leeds

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BUDDING young rock stars will get the chance to shine on stage as a course for talented young musicians kicks off.

Rock School UK will open its studios for six weeks of jamming, recording and performing to help youngsters hone their skills and play instruments in a band for the very first time.

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Musician Isaac Heywood is behind the venture and has travelled the world as a drummer for the past 20 years, working with the likes of Meatloaf, Corinne Bailey Rae, Nightmares on Wax and popular Leeds band Chunky Butt Funky.

Isaac said: “The transformation we see in the children is amazing. Not only does their playing and performing ability improve, but their confidence is really boosted.

“Along with Rock School UK being educational and demands a good work ethic, it’s a great place to make new friends and it’s loads of fun.”

The six-day course will see youngsters work with professional musicians, form bands, write music and record in a top studio.

At the end of the six-day course, they will perform a finale gig at The Wardrobe.

Isaac added: “As Rock School UK is for nine to 16-year-olds, and for any instrument and ability, we can form bands so everyone works at a comfortable pace and with like-minded people.”

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Rock School UK courses kick off this week.

They will be held at The Rock and Roll Circus Studios in Armley.

Rock School UK was set up in 2008 and this year’s course is proving more popular than ever, with more than 130 young musicians already signed up.

It aims to raise £1,000 for Martin House Children’s Hospice every year.

For details, visit www.rockschool.uk.com.

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