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Bournemouth’s music academy officially opened by Level 42’s Mark King

A new music college was officially opened by the one of the UK’s biggest rock stars. Mark King from Level 42, a patron for Bournemouth’s Academy of Contemporary Music Regional cut the ribbon at the new academy.

Over 150 excited music fans came to get a look at the Academy and see Mark perform ‘Running in the Family’ with some ACMR students.

Mark was delighted that one of the performance rooms had been named after him; the Mark King Demo Theatre.

The Academy has been training student part time since January but they can now provide a full-time government-funded Diploma course in September.

Mark said: “As a young lad growing up on the Isle of Wight, I would have loved a local resource like this, with its excellent tuition and facilities.

“I was very lucky to have a teacher at school, who encouraged me to aspire and improve.

“The best advice he gave me was to get out there and keep performing with other musicians.

“The internet is a great platform for getting your music heard, but I think it also encourages young musicians to cut themselves off, by creating and distributing music alone in their bedroom. ACMR offers the perfect environment for developing artists, by creating opportunities to collaborate, while providing the same type of encouragement that motivated me to strive for success.”

Two of the students who had the opportunity to perform with Mark included Bournemouth locals 15 year old drummer Luke Allen and 13 year old guitarist Cormac Nagle.

Cormac said: “Playing guitar with Mark King was brilliant and it was amazing to see his skill and learn from his experience.

“The rehearsals have been a lot of fun too.”

If you would like more information go to: www.acmregional.co.uk/southcoast

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