A music school in Croydon has been given a music heritage award in recognition of the talent that has passed through its doors.
PRS for Music honoured The BRIT School with a Heritage Award in acknowledgement of the school’s “exceptional and ongoing contributions to music and the arts for the last 30 years”.
The PRS for Music Heritage Award recognises institutions which have played a crucial role in the UK music landscape.
BRIT School principal Stuart Worden received the award alongside PRS Members’ Council chairman Nigel Elderton and recent BRIT School graduate Young Athena.
The Heritage Award plaque will be installed at the school’s Obie Theatre, named after legendary music executive Maurice Oberstein.
The BRIT School is renowned for nurturing illustrious musical careers for Adele FKA Twigs, Black Midi, Leona Lewis, King Krule, Kae Tempest, among others.
PRS Member and BRIT School graduate Dan Gillespie Sells (The Feeling) said, “Hello to everyone at the BRIT School, congratulations on your PRS Award. It is really wonderful as PRS members’ and also ex-BRIT people, we met at the BRIT School, we started playing there 20 years ago.
“We are still working together, still touring together, still making records together after all these years. It means a lot, after all those foyer concerts and all of those the amazing gigs that we use to do at the BRIT School when we were 16, we are still doing that now.
“PRS are giving you an award for all that amazing live work that you do down there, so lots of love from us, always BRIT.”
PRS member and recent graduate Young Athena says, “Excited to congratulate the BRIT School for receiving the PRS for Music Heritage Award for excellence in music and art. Congratulations to the BRIT School, this is so deserved and is absolutely incredible.”
The BRIT School Principal, Stuart Worden says “This is a great moment in our 30th Anniversary year.
“PRS for Music has always believed in this school, and we have benefited from their advice and help. It has been a real joy to see the school grow and grow and make such an impact on the world of music, and all creative industries. Here’s to 30 more.”
From left, Stuart Worden, Nigel Elderton, Young Athena, Michelle Escoffery and Jonathan Morrish. Picture: Gary Jones Photography
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