Category: Events & Competitions

PAA Return to the (Virtual) Stage

September 8th, 2021 by

On Friday 17th September we’ll be holding a series of talks over Zoom on how you can get the most out of the existing Performance Arts Awards materials as well as exploring the latest additions to the PAA collection.

Led by our team of in-house experts, you can drop in anytime to expand your knowledge of RSL Awards’ PAA qualifications. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or completely new to the world of PAA, all are welcome as we take a look at the practicalities of staging your assessment day, including how simple it is to include a Musical Theatre assessment alongside a school’s annual production or show.

Sign up to receive a Zoom invite direct to your email inbox below:

     
    Do you currently teach PAA materials? (required)

     

    We’ll also be recording each session so you can watch at your own leisure on a later date if you can’t make it on the day itself.

    The full programme is below:

    Act I

    10:00 Scene I: Introduction followed by PAA Acting warm-up

    An introduction to Rockschool and PAA followed by an Acting warm up with physical, facial and vocal exercises.

    11:00 Scene II: Acting Presentation, including announcement on Screen Acting to be launched soon and Q&A

    An introduction and look at our new acting syllabus with Jacquie Kirke.

    12:00 Scene III: PAA Jazz Dance and Street Dance followed by Dance Q&A

    An in depth look at our PAA Graded Dance exams with Michelle Taylorson.

    13:00 Interval

    Act II

    14:00 Scene I: PAA Musical Theatre Workshop

    Learn a Musical Theatre dance routine suitable for grade ones with Michelle Taylorson.

    14:30 Scene II: Exam process with Rebecca Minchin (PAA Exams Officer)

    Find out how to book a PAA exam.

    15:00 Scene III: Musical Theatre Presentation

    A look into our Musical Theatre Graded exams with Jacquie Kirke.

    16:00 Finale: Final Musical Theatre show clip, followed by Q&A

    Your chance to ask questions to all things related to our PAA Syllabus.

    Violin Syllabus Preview on Zoom: SIGN UP HERE!

    August 13th, 2021 by

    We can’t wait for our Virtual Festival to get underway on Tuesday 17th August! We’ve got dozens of fantastic performers lined up as well as some awesome workshops.

    Sign up below for our Violin Syllabus preview with Ruth Elder, a hugely experienced performer whose expertise has been invaluable in putting the syllabus together, and our very own Head of Graded Music & Publishing, Jono Harrison.

    Join them at 11:00 BST on Thursday 19th August to get your first experience of our upcoming RSL Classical Violin Syllabus. Simply pop your details into the form below to sign up today and receive the Zoom link straight to your inbox!

       

      Ruth Elder

      Based in London, Ruth is a musician who thrives on the musical hubbub the city has to offer.

      Whether she’s on stage at the 02 Arena, Royal Albert Hall, working in productions at the National Theatre, writing, arranging and recording in London’s top studios, producing remote recording sessions from home, and teaching, Ruth’s musical experience covers an eclectic range of styles and situations.

      Ruth also performs internationally touring with orchestras, ensembles & artists and as a soloist. Her main instruments are Violin and Viola; With a flair for improvisation, a gift at string arranging nourished by her love of music from so many eras, genres and countries; Ruth’s combined talents have supported a diverse, fulfilling career in music.

      RSL Virtual Music Festival 2021

      July 13th, 2021 by

      Tune up your guitar, warm up your vocal cords, and set up your drum kit – it’s time for the RSL Virtual Music Festival!

      The submission window is officially open for this year’s festival, which will run from 17th to 19th of August. We’ll be featuring your performance videos across Facebook and Instagram, so we need YOU to get involved! Read on to learn more about this opportunity to take centre stage from the comfort of your own home by sending us videos of you performing your favourite Rockschool tracks no later than midnight on 3rd August.

      So what will the festival look like?

      Our Virtual Music Festival will run for three days on Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th, and Thursday 19th August across our website and social media. It will be free to attend and will not require a sign up. Simply head to our Facebook and Instagram for three days of great entertainment! Plus, this year we’ll be running a series of workshops and interactive Q+A sessions across our website, Zoom, and Facebook & Instagram live, so be sure to tune into those!

      Who’s performing?

      You are! We want to display just how talented all of the students and teachers who use Rockschool materials are, so we’ll be uploading your performances of Rockschool tunes on our social media over the course of the online festival. We just need you to send us your performances, and the fun can begin!

      Sounds good! I’m interested in performing. What sort of thing should I send in?

      That’s really up to you! Ideally a live performance of several songs that’s over 15 minutes in length but no longer than 40 minutes would be great. Think of it as a mini concert with a setlist of songs that are united in some way, whether that’s through the genre of music, the Rockschool grade, or a more general overall theme. If you want to play five Rockschool love songs, that’s perfect! Fancy recording a selection of RSL Classical pieces? Yes please! Or maybe you want to cover songs by R&B artists, or 90s popstars, or songs that all begin with the same letter. As long as your performance is killin’, your recording is decent quality, and you’re playing Rockschool or RSL Classical pieces, we’d love to hear from you.

      All of the performances from last year are still up across Facebook and Instagram if you want to check them out. We’ve included a few examples of submissions we had last year that made the cut, but we’re always on the lookout for new, unique performances, so feel free to do your own thing!

      Okay, I’m in! But how will I record my performance?

      High quality audio and visual recordings are fantastic, but don’t stress too much about this. Take a read of the tips on our Recorded Digital Exams page to optimise your footage.

      Once you’re happy with your performance, please email it to marketing@rslawards.com no later than 3rd August!

      If the file is too big to send as an attachment, you can upload your file to WeTransfer.com and send us a download link so we can easily download your performance.

      Is my level of experience right?

      Absolutely! Last year we showcased performances by absolute beginners playing pieces from our Debut syllabuses right through to professional performers doing advanced Grade 8 and Diploma material. We want to include as broad a range of levels, styles, and backgrounds as possible, so don’t hesitate to submit your performance.

      So what next once I’ve submitted my video?

      Sit back and wait! If your submission is selected, we will be in touch with you directly to get more info for your performance. For those whose submissions aren’t successful in applying to feature in the festival, we will keep your videos on file and be in touch for other opportunities of featuring on our social media channels. Unfortunately we cannot reply to every entry because of the high quantity of submissions we receive, but please rest assured we look at every entry!

      And that’s it! We can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store for us… Good luck!

      Rockschool’s Top 5 Music Festival Moments

      July 7th, 2021 by

      The festival scene and live music in general has suffered greatly since the pandemic began. The early signs in the UK suggest that we’ll be able to return to some form of normality as the year goes on, with a full programme of festivals on the cards for next summer.

      Enter the RSL Virtual Music Festival…

      Our annual fest is just around the corner, so to get in the mood we’re casting our minds back to our top 5 music festival moments from the past few years. See if you can spot your favourite, and stay tuned to our social media for more info about how you can get involved.

      David Bowie – Glastonbury 2000

      Bowie is a natural born performer who sought to provide his audience with a live spectacle that encompassed a number of styles and art forms beyond purely singing.

      Bowie’s creative output was constant throughout his life, but he did spend less time in the public eye as he grew older. This didn’t diminish his star power, though, as proved by his headline set at Glastonbury 2000. Just as rapturous crowds followed his early days as he toured across the UK, America, and beyond, his later performances were met with a similar sense of awe and enrapture.

      If the frock coat in this clip isn’t enough effortless cool for you, then the eerie reimagining of the introduction to one of his biggest hits, ‘Let’s Dance’, might just be enough to convince you of Bowie’s star power. It’s definitely one of the all-time classic Glasto performances. ‘Let’s Dance’ can be found on our grade 4 drums syllabus with the iconic hits and big snare sound making it a hugely fun piece to play for drummers of all ages!

      Beyoncé – Coachella 2018

      Part of what distinguishes Beyoncé as a once in a generation artist is her versatility and strengths in a number of fields. She is a fabulous singer, of course, but she is an impressive performer and dancer, while she has also captured the imagination of many through her acting roles in ‘Dream Girls’ and the ‘Lion King’ to name a few.

      Perhaps the pinnacle of her performing career was her 2018 headline set at Coachella. She was alleged to rehearse for a whopping 11 hours a day in the lead up to the event, and it was this preparation that was the subject of the Grammy award winning documentary, ‘Homecoming’ which is available to stream on Netflix.

      Fancy following in Queen Bey’s footsteps? Now you can! We’ve included the single ‘Halo’, which became her most streamed song of all time on Spotify, on our grade 6 female vocals syllabus. You can also find ‘Love On Top’ on our grade 5 Electric Guitar syllabus. With acrobatic vocals and an abundance of key changes to keep instrumentalists scrambling for the next chords, this catchy pop tune about love is far from your average, straightforward 4 chord ditty!

      Jimi Hendrix – Woodstock 1969

      If the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that live performance is the beating heart of music that helps to mould the next generation of musicians and immortalise those performers currently at the top of their game. This certainly happened when Jimi Hendrix took to the Woodstock stage in 1969.

      Jimi-Hendrix-Rockschool

      Jimi Hendrix is the cover star of our Debut Electric Guitar grade book.

      The world’s highest paid rock musician at this point, the band’s performance bordered on under-rehearsed, and the new additions never completely clicked. Jimi even moved the performance from Sunday night to Monday morning at 8am in front of a swelling crowd of around 40,000.

      Despite the apparent shambolic organisation, the band played an unforgettable set, culminating in Jimi’s now iconic rendition of ‘Star Spangled Banner’, the American national anthem. He played it with heavy distortion, soaring between high and low notes to reflect the pain and suffering caused by the American military, making a remarkable political statement without using a single word.

      Stormzy – Glastonbury 2019

      There’s something about Glastonbury and iconic cultural moments, and they don’t come much bigger than Stormzy’s unfogettable headline set back in 2019. He made history as the first black solo British artist and grime star to do so, drawing praise from all corners of society for his performance.His meteoric rise to music’s top table dragged grime into the mainstream and cast a spotlight on a number of social justice issues.

      You can find ‘Standard’ by Stormzy on our Grade 3 Drums syllabus so you can relive this epic night in front of your own kit. Check out the video below to see how this one sounds!

      Harry Churchill – RSL Virtual Festival 2020

      We couldn’t talk about our favourite festival moments without mentioning the inaugural Virtual Festival we held last year! There were so many great performances from all over the world. We received entries from the UK, Portugal, Mexico, China, Australia and many more! It was a truly international affair – in fact, we received so many performance videos of such high quality that we had to add another day to accommodate everyone.

      You can see all the videos from last year on our IGTV or Facebook page, but check out Harry Churchill’s set that closed our opening day last year. His set mainly consists of his Grade 4 pieces, while he also revisits some of his favourite songs from Grade 2 & 3 as well as an improvised blues jam. His favourite guitarists are Brian May, Slash and Stevie T – good choices, eh?

      Let us know your favourite festival moments over on social media!

      RSL at Music & Drama Education Expo 2021

      June 28th, 2021 by

      The Music and Drama Expo is a highlight in the RSL Awards Events calendar and we’re really looking forward to meeting friends and colleagues in person once again on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th September 2021.

      RSL Awards has taken our responsibility for supporting teachers and young musicians throughout this pandemic very seriously and taken great pride in developing a range of innovative solutions to enable learning and assessment to take place both in the physical and virtual world.

      This year, the Music and Drama Expo is held at the Business Design Centre, London and you can engage with us in the following ways:

      • Visit us at Stand C40 to find out about our latest developments with Vocational Qualifications and Graded Music Exams
      • Attend our Exhibitor Showcases on Friday 24th September at 12.30pm and Saturday 25th September at 2pm.
      • Arrange a time to meet with one of our team to discuss how RSL Awards can support you at your organisation, school or college. Email us business@rslawards.com to discuss this in more detail.
      • You can also visit the Hal Leonard Stand at C50 to look at our graded music exam publications and you’ll be able to buy our books at a special discount in either digital or hard copy from each of our stands.

      Why Visit Us?

      Fascinating insight from industry experts

      Our first session will take place on Friday 24th September @ 12.30pm and will be delivered by RSL’s Head of Business Development (Vocational), Patrick Healy, and The Bourne Academy’s Head of Visual and Performing Arts, David Mastracola. A companion piece to the article in the September issue of Music Teacher magazine, Patrick and David will explore how the implementation of RSL Vocational Qualifications in Music and Performing Arts have encouraged significant increases in learners opting to take Music or Performing Arts at Key Stage 4 and 5. They will also explore the increase in engagement this has fostered and how it has impacted on learners’ experience in the wider school and college environment.

      And on Saturday 25th September @ 2pm, we’ll be introducing you to our latest syllabuses! Dan Francis (Head of Sales and Partnerships), Ruth Elder (Director, London String Group / Lead Consultant, RSL Awards Classical Violin Syllabus 2021) and Jono Harrison (Head of Graded Music & Publishing, RSL Awards; Syllabus Designer: RSL Classical Violin Syllabus 2021) will take you through the rationale behind the syllabus and explore the exciting new arrangements and repertoire that will be available for you and your students very soon!

      Exclusive Competition:

      Anyone who attends one of our Exhibitor Showcases and visits both RSL Awards’ and Hal Leonard’s stands will be able to enter a prize draw to win a Masterclass for your students at your centre built around an RSL qualification of your choice.

      This is also the perfect opportunity to come and discuss, in person, the huge range of new and updated product lines we’ve released over the course of the last 18 months, including:

      Graded Exams:

      • Learn More about our brand new RSL Classical Violin and Piano exams
      • Learn More about our refreshed Rockschool Vocals syllabus designed as an inclusive qualification for the 21st-century performer
      • Learn More about our coursework-based Creative Qualifications in Podcasting, Vlogging and Music Production
      • Learn More about our graded exams in Acting, Dance and Musical Theatre
      • Learn More about our partnerships with Steinberg and Focusrite to help support students through their digital learning
      • Learn More about our physical and virtual exam solutions, including Live-Streamed and Remote-invigilated Digital Exams
      • Learn More about our options for absolute beginners and advanced learners at post-16 and beyond Grade 8
      • Discuss how GME can be built in as part of your curriculum offering

      Vocational Qualifications:

      • Learn More about building the perfect Creative Arts qualification with RSL’s Vocational Qualifications across Music, Performing Arts, Digital Media and the Creative Industries
      • Learn More about where they sit on Performance Tables and supporting contributions to Progress 8 and Value-Added
      • Learn More about their impact on enhancing and increasing engagement at KS4 and 5
      • Introduce you to our new Tech Awards
      • Discuss how VQ can integrate with GME to create a full Creative Arts offering at your school or college

      Come and visit us on stand C40 at Business Design Centre, London to get the latest on all our latest products and upcoming syllabuses. Check out the highlights from the 2020 event below!

      We can’t wait to meet you in person again – keep an eye on our social media for further updates in the lead up to this great event.

      Register your interest and confirm your attendance over on the official MDEE site HERE.

      RSL Classical Challenge

      February 25th, 2021 by

      Soon we’ll be launching the #RSLClassicalChallenge and giving away free sheet music from our latest syllabus: RSL Classical Piano. Read on to find out how you can get involved in this fun competition and get your hands on some of our most coveted pieces for free!

      So what does the competition involve?

      The competition is simple: we’ll release 4 free pieces from the RSL Classical syllabus for you to learn. Then, each piece will have its own week in focus – we’ll announce which piece will be judged every Monday. This is your chance to record and upload your performance of the piece to your socials, tagging us and including the hashtag #RSLClassicalChallenge. On Friday of that week, we’ll look to see which video has the most views. The video with the most views on a single platform wins a full suite of free digital grade books! Easy, right?

      Each Monday we’ll let you know which piece is in focus that week. That’s your cue to perfect your performance and upload it to your socials using the hashtag #RSLClassicalChallenge, confirming your entry to the competition!

      How long will the competition run for?

      We’ll be doing this every week for 4 weeks, using a different piece each time. Don’t worry if you miss out on the first or even second time around – everyone has four chances for their upload to win!

      Can I see the pieces? I want to start practising!

      We’ll be releasing them soon, but we can confirm that they’ll be well known pieces that aren’t in the more challenging levels of our repertoire!

      And how will I get my free sheet music?

      Via the download buttons below! Simply click each piece to download straight to your device.

      Clair De Lune (Debussy) Le Douze De Decembre (Sancho) Fur Elise (Beethoven) Sonatina In C Major (Clementi)

      Anything else I should know?

      If you’re uploading your video then you should make sure your privacy settings are public for the specific video. We may not be able to see it otherwise! And remember to tag us @RSLAwards on Facebook or Instagram, and use the hashtag #RSLClassicalChallenge.

      Ukulele Kit Competition Terms and Conditions

      April 7th, 2020 by

      Terms & Conditions Apply

      1. By entering your details you are agreeing to our terms and conditions.

      2. The promoter is RSL Awards Ltd

      3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

      4. To enter the competition you will need to follow the mechanics listed in the social media posts. The route to entry for this competition is via RSL social media.

      5. Closing date for entry will be Wednesday 15th April at 15:00.

      6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

      7. The prize for the winner are as follows:

      • Full suite of the new Rockschool Ukulele Grade books (Debut – Grade 8), including access to our interactive sheet music tool Replay, and an Enya Music USA Soprano HPL ukulele.

      8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

      9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

      10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable.

      11. The winner(s) will be notified via social media within 48 hours of the closing date. If the winner(s) cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

      12. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

      13. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

      14. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.

      15. The winner agrees to the use of their name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.

      16. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with any other business or Social Network. You are providing your information to RSL Awards Ltd and not to any other party.

      RSL @ BBC Introducing Live 2019

      October 25th, 2019 by

      Shape Your Future today, with Rockschool qualifications for the creative industries. Visit us at BBC Introducing Live 2019!

      Over 3 days, we’re bringing together some of the most forward-thinking industry leaders, helping to shape the future of music education today. Whether you want to be an educator, session musician, professional performer or multi-faceted entrepreneur, you’ll be able to find the resources and support you’ll need to start your career with confidence.

      Quayside 7: Hosted by Hal Leonard Europe

      Below you’ll find the list of presentations, masterclasses, talks and discussions centred around contemporary music education available for you to both study and teach right now.

      Line-Up

      10:30 – 11:00

      RSL Presents: Piano Teaching Masterclass
      The Piano has never been more popular and YouTube lessons just don’t cut it to fully prepare the next generation of session musicians and performing artists. Learn how to play the right way, whether on the Piano or on Keys, with RSL’s Piano Teaching Masterclass!

      12:00 – 12:30

      Making Money as a Music Teacher: How do You Get Started?
      Teaching offers a creative, flexible option to earn some money, while also being far more than just a pay cheque. You’ll navigate a truly satisfying career path, knowing that you’ve made a difference in many lives along the way. RSL explore what it means to be a music teacher in 2019, the skills you need and advice on how to use your musical knowledge to play-it-forward right away.

      13:30 – 14:00

      Getting into Production: 21st Century Learning & Teaching
      Speakers from RSL and Avid Tech. guide you through the basics of production with a DAW. Using RSL’s revolutionary music production course and Avid’s world-leading Pro Tools software, you can learn to further develop your music-making skills and/or seamlessly integrate music production teaching into your current schedule, helping to empower the next wave of creatives in the UK.

      15:00 – 15:30

      RSL Presents: Guitar Teaching Masterclass
      Explore how to play and teach both the Electric and Acoustic Guitar with Rockschool – the original grade system for the modern musician. Since 1991, the Rockschool Method has been perfected to help hundreds-of-thousands of guitarists master their craft worldwide. Learn how to utilise this method to build confident, self-sufficient musicians; empowered with the ability to see their musical decisions blossom into authentic musical expression.

      17:00 – 18:00

      Creative Futures: Creative Industry Roles & the Portfolio Career
      Join us for an informal session featuring a range of musicians and music industry professionals who will discuss their own industry experiences, reinforcing why today’s professionals need to offer a varied skillset to build a successful career in the creative industries – whether you’re a budding performer, producer, entrepreneur or educator.

      19:00 Onwards

      Relax
      We’ll see you at the bar! Feel free to chat further with anyone wearing a Rockschool hoodie with any questions you may have.

      Day Passes

      Day Passes give access to the venue from 09:00 – 23:00 on the valid day. 3-Day Passes gives access to the venue at 09:00 – 23:00 daily from Thursday 31 October – Saturday 2 November 2019.

      This event is for those aged 14 and over. 14 – 15 year olds must be accompanied by an adult (18+). ID checks will be carried out and any ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating that they are at least 16 years of age will not be admitted to this event, and will not be eligible for a refund. Acceptable forms of ID are passport, driving license or ID card approved under the PASS scheme containing the official hologram. Anyone aged 14 and under arriving without an adult will be denied entry.

      Tickets & Prices

      Thursday Day Pass – £12.50 (+BF)
      Friday Day Pass – £12.50 (+BF)
      Saturday Day Pass – £12.50 (+BF)
      3 Day Pass – £30 (+BF)

      Book your tickets here!

      Find Us

      QUAYSIDE 7 (Hosted by Hal Leonard Europe)
      Tobacco Dock, The Dock
      Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane,
      London. E1W 2SF

      How To Get There

      It’s easy to travel to Tobacco Dock using public transport!

      Nearest Train & Underground Stations:

      • 5 minute walk from Shadwell (Overground/DLR)
      • 7 minute walk from Wapping (Overground)
      • 15 minute walk from Tower Hill (District/Circle Line)

      Travelling from London King’s Cross St Pancras or Euston: Take the Northern Line to Bank, followed by the DLR to Shadwell.

      Contact Details For All Access Enquiries

      If you would like more information on the access facilities at BBC Music Introducing LIVE, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the BBC Introducing Team directly:

      • Email: access@visionninegroup.com
      • Phone: 0203 617 6000

      About Hal Leonard Europe

      Hal Leonard Europe is part of the Hal Leonard group of companies – the world’s largest source of music publications, representing many of the world’s best-known and most respected publishers, artists, songwriters, arrangers and instrument manufacturers. Hal Leonard Europe companies publish and distribute an extensive catalogue of printed and digital publications, sheet music, music education resources, instruments, gifts, accessories and pro audio in Europe and around the world.

      There are Hal Leonard Europe offices and distribution centres located in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and the United Kingdom.

      Pioneers Billy Cobham and Randy Brecker receive RSL Honorary Fellowships!

      June 7th, 2019 by

      This week, RSL presented an Honorary Fellowship to multiple Grammy award winning pioneers: Billy Cobham and Randy Brecker, to a packed-house at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.

      A fellowship of RSL is currently the highest honour that RSL can bestow. Fellowships are presented to acknowledge practitioners who have contributed to the development of their art form and inspired the students of RSL qualifications to achieve their best, whilst promoting good practice within the music education sector itself.


      Billy Cobham

      Before being awarded his Honorary Fellowship, Billy Cobham worked closely as an advisor for RSL, with the mutual aim to inspire music lovers looking to develop their musical talent through education. The collaboration came at a perfect time. With RSL’s brand new GDB syllabus (Guitar, Bass & Drums) in development, Billy helped to influence a brand-new wave of musicians all over again by allowing us to record his groundbreaking composition “Red Baron” for our Grade Drum 8 release. Billy even joined the Rockschool Band during their recording sessions at Real World Studios (Bath) for the track.

      Billy Cobham receiving his award from RSL’s John Simpson (CEO) and Norton York (Founder)


      Randy Brecker

      The event also saw us recongnise the irrepressible, Randy Brecker. The world renowned Brecker Brothers’ (formed with his brother Michael) eponymous first record, which Randy wrote, arranged and produced, featured his now classic composition “Some Skunk Funk”, which also appears on the Rockschool Drums Grade 8 material, released in September 2018. Randy’s innumerable accomplishments continued well into present-day and as a composer, performer and in-demand clinician, Brecker continues to influence and inspire young musicians around the world.

      John and Norton at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s with Randy Brecker


      “To be able to welcome not one, but two incredibly influential musical figures into the RSL family is very exciting. To do so in front of a packed house at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s – incredible! Huge thanks to both Billy and Randy for making it an evening to remember, and for continuing to inspire the next generation of musicians around the world.”

      John Simpson, CEO (RSL Awards)

      You can find “Some Skunk Funk” by the Brecker Brothers and “Red Baron” by Billy Cobham in our latest Grade 8 Drums material (click on the book for info!)

      Thanks to Billy, Randy and all the people at Ronnie Scott’s – what a night!

      The RSL Team