Rick Jupp drumming

Elbow drummer gives masterclass at The Manchester College

Elbow drummer, Rick Jupp, held a drumming masterclass and Q&A session with music students at The Manchester College.

Excited students queued outside the College’s Openshaw studios to meet and work with the famous Bury musician.

Rick emphasised the importance of listening in professional music, saying; ‘It can get a bit frenetic when you’ve got more than one creative person in a room. It’s an art to listen, interpret and do your homework outside of the room. Drums are a very physical, very mental, all-encapsulating instrument – not just something to get behind and trash.’

Drums are not just something to get behind and trash

Head of department for university-level music courses Mike Sivori said: ‘It was a genuine delight for everyone to have Rick in for the day. His abilities as a drummer are phenomenal and he engaged the students in two separate masterclasses – one for HE learners and another for FE learners.

‘Rick inspired the students to work hard, to express themselves and make the most of the time they have here.

It was a privilege to have someone so successful be so down-to-earth and approachable with the students

‘He was amazed at the quality of our recording studios and live rooms and urged our learners to use them day and night to perfect their techniques – whether in performing or production.

‘Having Rick created an amazing buzz amongst staff and students and it was a great privilege to have someone so successful be so down-to-earth and approachable with the students.

‘Rick is talking with us about continuing to contribute our courses – after Elbow have written, recorded and promoted another hit album!’


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17th February 2016