RocksKool was started by tutor Paul Hornby-Battrick in 2005 as a direct response to young people not having an outlet for rehearsing or performing popular music.
There was a large amount of young people playing music in their bedrooms but unable to take it to the next level either due to rural isolation or because of low self esteem, confidence issues etc. RocksKools main goal was to remove these barriers.
It has grown year on year and supported many young people in their performance ambitions. RocksKool prides itself in being able to take isolated bedroom musicians and bring them together to create and perform in a band.
Participants are taught musicianship and stagecraft skills as well as music theory but most of all they are given the opportunity to develop their aural skills. Secondary to music RocksKool develops confidence and resilience. it encourages diversity and promotes a positive self image.
The RocksKool work towards regular gigs and performances and have played in Theatrical shows, public events, weddings and even had the pleasure of performing at Belladrum music festival.
To ensure its sustainablity RocksKool joined forces with I.C.E in 2018. It has since raised funds for new equipment, venue hire and to provide our young people experiences as part of its summer workshop activities.
We look forward to seeing RocksKool go from strength to strength over the coming years as its participants develop and grow musically.