Ewell Castle School’s vision is to inspire and nurture its pupils to achieve within a happy, family-friendly atmosphere and it certainly managed to do that on Friday 24th November, when award winning musician and former pupil, Sampha returned to the School as honoured guest to officially open a stunning new Music Pavilion and Performing Arts Centre.
Sampha found time to speak with many of the pupils and sign autographs as well as taking part in an impromptu question and answer session with the entire Sixth Form. He also gave some music advice and encouragement to current Captain of Music and Sixth Former, Edward Smith who is at Associate Diploma Level on the trumpet and is applying for specialist Music Colleges.
It’s been a busy year for singer-songwriter, producer and former Ewell Castle School pupil Sampha.
He launched his first solo album, ‘Process’ back in February 2017 and toured extensively around the States and Asia to promote it, before winning the highly coveted and prestigious Hyundai Mercury Music Prize this September, beating Ed Sheeran and Stormzy in the process.
Peter Harris, Principal commented “We were delighted when Sampha found time in his busy schedule to come and officially open our Music Pavilion. It was a pleasure to welcome him back and he enjoyed speaking to his former teachers and current pupils, including those studying GCSE and A Level Music. His visit has certainly inspired many and it will be remembered for a long time to come.” Whilst talking to some of the Sixth Form, Sampha stressed the importance of not giving up on a dream and of believing in yourself no matter what.
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Sampha took piano lessons whilst at the School, studied A Level Music and was Captain of Music before he left in 2007 to pursue a career in music.