Rockers can’t wait to get to school

The School of Rock launch at The Old Courts
The School of Rock launch at The Old Courts

ARTS organisations in Wigan have created a school which the borough’s young people will certainly want to get to on time.

The School of Rock has been founded by Wigan Music Service and community interest company (CIC) The Old Courts to help young Wiganers live their dreams of performing on stage.

Taking its name from the film starring Jack Black as a musician-turned-teacher who introduces his pupils to the delights of power chords and stadium guitar solos, School of Rock will work with young people aged between 11 and 17.

Working with expert instrumentalists in one-to-one tuition and weekly sessions the musicians will develop their prowess before each term ends with a performance in The Old Courts’ 250-capacity Grand Vault.

Dave Little, head of Wigan Music Service, said: “We are extremely passionate about all musical genres and believe that the right education in the right setting is key to success.

“We have created a relaxed and informal environment for our students so they have the freedom to experiment and express themselves with fully qualified tutors, musicians and mentors. As the work develops there will be showcase opportunities for the emerging bands to perform in The Old Courts’ venues and make recordings with engineers who are set up and working from The Old Courts.”

School of Rock is open to musicians of all levels ranging from already-proficient performers to complete novices, with participants having the chance to form a band or work as a solo project.

The launch event next month will involve guest speakers and musicians talking about their experiences in the industry before a high-profile local band performs in the Grand Vault.

Each term will conclude with the young musicians performing to enthusiasts from across the borough in an authentic gig set-up with an audience, a state-of-the-art PA system and full lighting rig.

The School of Rock will be launched on Monday, April 27 from 6pm until 8pm and sessions will be held weekly all year round.

Places are limited and can be booked by ringing Dave Little on 01942 776169.