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ACM was pleased to welcome singer/songwriter and producer Nik Kershaw who delivered a very special masterclass session to an eager ACM student audience.
The two hour performance masterclass, which took place in ACM’s Roger Taylor Zildjian Drum Studio, saw Nik take to the stage alongside his tour bassist and ACM Senior Bass Tutor Paul Geary, ACM Performance School Manager and Guitar Tutor Mike Goodman, Drum Tutor Jon Duff and Vocal Tutor Sarah Geary. Nik and the band performed a host of songs from Nik’s back catalogue:
- Wide Boy
- Radio Musicola
- The Sky’s The Limit
- When A Heart Beats
- Have A Nice Life
- The Riddle
- Wouldn’t It Be Good
Nik also performed a special acoustic version of his song ‘Billy’ after receiving a special request from the audience.
In between performances, Nik took questions from the student and tutor audience who inquired about his songwriting technique, his most memorable gigs, where he talks his inspirations and of course the who have been the best musicians he has played with during his career.
“Just walking around the building today, it’s just extraordinary. I didn’t realise there was anything this size or standard here in the UK. As well as physically learning, students can learn about the business, how it works and understand what the music industry is really like.”
Nik Kershaw Speaking about ACM
“I think its important to see the sheer enjoyment music brings when performing. The students got a feel for that today from everyone on stage. It is always exciting to see education plugged straight into industry and we’re all incredibly grateful to Nik. I am sure this experience will last a life time in the minds of the students.”
Paul Geary ACM Senior Bass Guitar Lecturer
About Nik Kershaw
With over three decades of experience in the UK and international music industry, singer/songwriter and producer Nik Kershaw has seen it all; teen idol, chart sensation (9 studio albums to date), an appearance on the 1985 Live Aid Wembley stage and serial collaborator with the likes of Elton John, Bonnie Tyler, Tony Banks, Les Rythmes Digitales, Michael W. Smith and Imogen Heap. More recently Kershaw has been touring and promoting his most recent album release ‘Ei8ht’.
ACM would like to thank Nik Kershaw for visiting and wish him well with all his forthcoming projects.