Year 9 student, Spike Arrowsmith, of The Elizabethan Academy, became a guitar hero for the day when he performed at the famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London.
Spike, who is currently a member of the Doncaster Jazz Orchestra, only started playing the guitar 5 years ago. He began learning on a classical guitar and after a year switched to an electric and hasn’t looked back since.
He has developed his own unique style through his love of Jazz and blues rock and said it was a dream come true to have been given the opportunity to play at Ronnie Scott’s club.
Spike applied to be part of ‘Big Band in a Day’, which is open to students aged between 12-17 years. He said “it was an amazing experience; I got to spend the whole day rehearsing with other musicians, just like myself and then perform as a band in the evening, which was awesome”.
Spike also got play 2 extra pieces on stage with the famous James Pearson, pianist, composer and artistic director at Ronnie Scott’s Club, as well as Georgina Jackson, who is one of the UKs finest trumpeters and resident jazz singer at Ronnie Scott’s too.
Academy Principal, Christine Horrocks, said “I am delighted that Spike has had this opportunity to showcase his unique talent. We have so many remarkably talented students here at the Elizabethan and that is one of the many reasons I am so proud to be working here as the new Principal.”
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