Guitarist Tim RiceThe Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) is delighted to present a unique and exclusive masterclass on Friday 22nd May with legendary lyricist and multi- Grammy and Oscar-winner Sir Tim Rice.

This masterclass is a rare opportunity to hear Sir Tim talk about his life and work and his writing partnerships with composers such as Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sir Elton John. ICMP students and staff will perform selected songs from his repertoire with commentary onstage by Sir Tim himself who will also field questions from students.
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The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is excited to present a masterclass on Friday March 27th with celebrated lyricist Chris Difford of the influential band Squeeze.

In 1974, Chris formed Squeeze with Glen Tilbrook, Jools Holland and Paul Gunn.  Through the years, the band found itself with many great musical successes, such as the UK Number Two hits ‘Cool For Cats’ and ‘Up The Junction’, the US Top Five single ‘Tempted’ and the UK Top Five single ‘Labelled with Love’.  After a headline gig at New York’s Madison Square Garden that same year, in 1982, Chris and Glen took a break from the band and concentrated on their music as a duo.     

After reforming for a massively successful charity show in 1985, Squeeze decided to reform and begin recording again, releasing a further six albums over the following thirteen years, as well as maintaining a strong touring schedule.  In 1998, Chris was presented with an Ivor Novello Award after penning the lyrics for the film ‘Still Crazy’ and a year later, after a show in Aberdeen, Squeeze decided to announce their split so that both Chris and Glen could focus on their respective solo careers.  

In 2008, Chris and Glen were presented at the Ivor Novello Awards with the PRS Outstanding Contribution to British Music award for their expansive body of work during their 34 year partnership.  

The ICMP is delighted to be welcoming Chris for what will be an impressive and educational masterclass. In the evening following the event, he will be presenting a one-man show at the Luminaire in Kilburn, performing new versions of his solo favourites as well as some Squeeze classics. This will, be an amazing opportunity to experience the highlights of Chris’ career with music, visuals and intimate conversation.

Steve Vai Master Class LIMS 2009Master Guitar Virtuoso, Steve Vai, bought his Alien Guitar Secrets master class to the 2009 London International Music Show at ExCeL exhibition centre, London Docklands today 13th June and will play a second sold out master class tomorrow. This was Vai’s only UK appearance this year and culminated in a special performance guesting with the Phil Hilborne band featuring Nicko McBrain on drums.

The series of two sold out master classes was a unique and once in a lifetime opportunity for the select few people to hear Steve discuss guitar techniques, the music business and a few attendees were able to jam with Steve in this intimate environment.
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London Guitar Show 2009
London Guitar Show 2009
Master Guitar Virtuoso, Steve Vai, is confirmed to play the 2009 London Guitar Show at the ExCeL exhibition centre, London Docklands June 11th to 14th 2009.

More than just playing, “the stunt guitar man”, is also bringing his amazing Alien Guitar Secrets – a Steve Vai Masterclass to the show.

For more than 20 years Steve Vai has been one of the worlds most respected and admired guitarists. He has combined a highly successful solo career, with an equally successful career touring and recording with numerous musical artists including Frank Zappa, Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake and the G3 Concert Tour.
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AEROSMITH star JOE PERRY, CHEAP TRICK star RICK NIELSEN and members of BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN's E STREET BAND have formed a supergroup with country maverick HANK WILLIAMS JR to pay tribute to American football. The unnamed group, which also features fiddler CHARLIE DANIELS and THE ROOTS star ?UESTLOVE, has recorded several versions of Williams' ALL MY ROWDY FRIENDS ARE HERE ON MONDAY NIGHT, which will be used as the theme to US cable sports channel ESPN's MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL coverage later this year (06).

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