Rising Surrey music stars - top of the pops
PUBLISHED: 22:56 24 March 2014 | UPDATED: 22:56 24 March 2014
Weybridge rock band You Me At Six recently went straight to the top of the UK music charts with their fourth album, but they aren’t the first artists to head to the top from these parts...
You Me At Six
Having met and studied music at Brooklands College in Weybridge, Josh Franceschi, Max Helyer, Chris Miller, Matt Barnes and Dan Flint are now celebrating their first UK number one album as the rock band You Me At Six. Their fourth album Cavalier Youth went straight to the top of the charts in February, knocking off Ellie Goulding’s Halcyon and receiving rave reviews from the likes of Q magazine who had this to say about them: “A major breakthrough beckons.” Having already cracked the UK’s Top 3 and sold out London’s Wembley Arena, their success will be no surprise to their hardcore fans – but this latest chart achievement now places them firmly on the international radar.
Former Reigate College music students Howard and Guy Lawrence were nominated four times at this year’s Brit Awards, for best single, best British group, breakthrough artist and best album. Having already seen their debut album Settle among 12 albums in the running for the Mercury Prize 2013 award, alongside offerings from David Bowie and the Arctic Monkeys no less, they also beat US behemoths Queens of the Stone Age to the top of the UK charts in the same year. Having previously attended Reigate School, the pair worked on their craft in a studio above their dad’s auction house, Lawrences Auctioneers in Bletchingley.
Mumford & Sons
Springing out of the fertile south-west London folk scene in 2007, Mumford & Sons’ roots actually go back to King’s College school in Wimbledon, which both band leader Marcus Mumford and Ben Lovett attended. Ted Dwane, meanwhile, learnt the ropes at Guildford’s Academy of Contemporary Music and joined after they met through crossover work with Laura Marling. Their second album Babel became the fastest selling album of 2012 in the UK and the band has even entertained Barack Obama at the White House.
In recent years, Newton Faulkner’s ‘have-guitar-will-travel’ approach has inspired a host of other chart topping singer/songwriters, including Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard and Michael Kiwanuka. A graduate from Guildford’s Academy of Contemporary Music in 2003, he was nominated for Best British Male Solo Artist at the Brits in 2008. Before the music, he attended Hawthorns School in Bletchingley and worked at the popular Fanny’s Farm Shop near Merstham.
The Brit School
The Croydon-based performing arts school has become quite the production line of music stars in recent years. Their list of alumni includes (deep breath): Adele, Jessie J, The Feeling, Rizzle Kicks, Leona Lewis, Katie Melua, Imogen Heap, Jamie Woon and the sadly departed Amy Winehouse – to name but a few of those who have warbled their way through its halls and into the charts. The free Performing Arts and Technology School, which works with 14 to 19-year-olds, has been developing the stars of tomorrow for over 20 years.
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