Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Video: Ed Sheeran back at former Framlingham school for singing workshop

14:44 05 February 2014

Evie White has Ed Sheeran sign her guitar during a workshop at Thomas Mills High School

Evie White has Ed Sheeran sign her guitar during a workshop at Thomas Mills High School

Suffolk superstar Ed Sheeran delighted pupils at his old school by dropping in for a musical masterclass.

The award-winning musician was back in Framlingham - the town where he grew up - to meet students at Thomas Mills High School.

Ed, who is set to release a follow-up to his 2011 album + this year, took a break from appearing at sold-out venues and working with the music world’s biggest names to return to the classroom where he once developed his talents, under the tutelage of teacher Richard Hanley.

Ed gave pupils feedback on compositions, ranging from a solo piano piece to a rap about Nesquik.

When questioned about his career, he said: “It’s the best job in the world.”

He also gave pupils advice about songwriting, live performances and busking. He told the lucky pupils that people write music as an expression of themselves.

Following the workshop, Ed said: “I really liked going back. I wanted to do it for a long time.

“They have all definitely got sparks.

“Nothing has changed. It brought back lots of memories.”

Hal Keys-Holloway, year 12 pupil, who performed a piece titled Fun and Games with Tom Peck said: “We’re going to try and write more songs.

“I feel like I want to go home and write something.

“I’m inspired to do something new. The advice Ed gave really helped.”

Tom, also in year 12 said: “It’s just awesome. Words can’t express it.”

Evie White, a year 11 pupil said: “It was really good advice to hear.”

Evie and Lucy Kirkun, also in year 11 performed, Taylor Swift’s All Too Well, for Ed to hear.

Lucy said: “It was really surreal to have someone you look up to give you advice on songs.”

Emile Burgoyne, a year 12 pupil who rapped about Nesquik in a performance titled a Typical Lovesong, said: “All I’m going to do when I get home is write.”

Mr Hanley, who still teaches music at the school and was delighted to be reunited with one of the school’s most famous pupils said: “He was very complimentary. He gave them really positive advice.

“We’re very lucky that he wants to give something back.

“We’re really grateful.”

Laura Scott, another music teacher at the school, said: “I think they were inspired to believe that they could be just like him.”

Mr Hanley said: “You have to pinch yourself.

“Ed’s won awards and he’s an international star.

“We’re very honoured that he took time out to spend some time here.”


  • Give it a rest! He seems like a decent sort of bloke, but he's hardly the great musician or singer that you seem to be hyping him up as. Certainly not someone who's really newsworthy.

    Report this comment


    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Ooh can't wait.

    Report this comment

    Lee Davies

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

The A120

New figures have revealed journey times on the A120 double during rush hour – leading one campaigner to dub it “no more than a country lane”.

Fish rescued by the Gipping Angling Preservation Society

A former angling club secretary appeared in court yesterday charged with dishonestly abusing his position to make personal financial gains of more than £10,000.

Local charities gathered together at Greshams in
 Ipswich  for the launch of the Rotary Orwell Walk
 2017 .

One of the most popular and successful fundraising events in Suffolk has been officially launched.

Network Rail will look at the pedestrian crossings in a bid to speed services.

Rail improvements with the start of the new franchise must not be confined to the main line to London, delegates at Suffolk’s rail conference heard yesterday.

Work has begun in the new Felixstowe Fire and Police Station.
L-R Mark Hardingham,Cllr Matthew Hicks,Mayor Jan Garfield,Gareth Wilson and Tim Passmore.

Work has started on the latest joint police and fire service base in Suffolk following a “ground breaking” ceremony yesterday.

Frankel welcomes guests to Newmarket National Heritage Centre

Her Majesty The Queen is to officially open the new £15million National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art in the Suffolk town of Newmarket, where many of her own horses are trained and stabled.

A driver has reported they may have seen missing airman Corrie McKeague walking towards Honington in the early hours of September 24

A driver who may have seen missing airman Corrie McKeague has come forward to police.

Most read

Great Days Out


Click here to view
the Great Days Out


Most commented


Show Job Lists


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24