At Rok Skool we are passionate about passing on the ability to play by ear, to improvise, to jam. We like to get our students of all ages up and running musically, as quickly as possible – and living the dream! Prowess upon an instrument, or singing with conviction, confidence and strength. Playing in a band, performing live gigs, writing songs, recording in our studio.
Rok Skool founder Hereward Kaye was first discovered by Ray Davies of The Kinks – who went on to produce his debut album with Cafe Society in 1975. Over the subsequent 40 years Hereward has worked with a number of major names in the UK record industry and West End musical theatre.
Hereward not only co-created the Cameron Mackintosh musical Moby Dick, which appeared at London’s Piccadilly Theatre in the early ’90s, but also worked alongside Tom Robinson, Chris Rea, Willy Russell, Rick Wakeman – and toured the world for thirteen years as a member of The Flying Pickets.
His Rok Skool teaching staff are all musicians in their own right, with bands and careers of their own, outside of Rok Skool. Their music has been played on BBC Radio 6 Music, Radio 1 and the Asian Network amongst others. The experience of the music industry they are able to pass on is very present day and current.
During school I’m watching the clock, itching to get to Rok Skool. James 12
I did a term of drum lessons and now I’m in a band playing I Predict A Riot! Matthew Knight (14)
We are so delighted to be a part of Rok Skool and cannot thank you enough for all that you do. You have inspired the children, given them a work ethic and a passion for the craft. Beyond this, it is clear to all that the Rok Skool family care so passionately about setting the children up for success, that every event is spellbinding in a way that touches hearts. Lou Spackman, mum
It’s not just a rock school, it’s our Rok Skool – a very inspirational place where you get to play fun instruments like drums and guitar Matt Keeble (11)