PRACTICE ROOM - PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE

Session musicians give their take on a range of songs from the Rock & Pop 2018 syllabus.

On this page:
Bass Sessions
Drums Sessions
Guitar Sessions
Keyboards Sessions
Vocals Sessions
Spotify Playlists

BASS SESSIONS: DAVID KYLE PAYNE

David Kyle Payne is a session bass player based in London and is currently on tour with Joe McElderry. He’s worked with artists including Craig David, Sigala, Nina Nesbitt and Lucy Spraggan, and has played venues such as the O2 Arena, Camden Roundhouse and festivals including Reading, V Festival, and Glastonbury. Watch him put his spin on:

Read our interview with David to hear more about his career as a bassist


BASS SESSIONS: ELLEN O'REILLY

Ellen O'Reilly has been playing bass on radio and TV and has been touring the world since 1999. She’s worked with a wide range of artists and was the first female winner of a full bass scholarship at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance and won their ‘Best Bassist’ award in 2012. She regularly appears at the Bass Guitar Show in London for Music Man, and is a regular writer for Bass Guitar Magazine. Watch her put her spin on:

Read our interview with Ellen to hear more about her career as a bassist


DRUMS SESSIONS: MATT BROOKS

Matt Brooks is a London-based session drummer, musical director and band fixer currently working with Matt Wills (Virgin EMI) among others. He’s played drums for artists including Nicole Scherzinger, Meghan Trainor, Raleigh Richie, Marcus Collins, and has played all over the world at venues such as the O2 Arena, Le Trianon in Paris, and at festivals such as Glastonbury, V Festival and SXSW in Texas. Watch him put his spin on:

Read our interview with Matt to hear more about his career as a drummer


DRUMS SESSIONS: DAVID DYSON

David Dyson is a professional drummer based in London. He has worked with artists including Gregory Porter, Professor Green, Izzy Bizu, Louis Tomlinson and Kelis, and with producers including Guy Chambers, Dallas Austin and Gus Pirelli. He’s played at Buckingham Palace, the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Opera House, Ronnie Scott’s and at festivals including Latitude and Glastonbury. He also teaches and notable students include Jim Sclavunos of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Watch him put his spin on:

Read our interview with David to hear more about his career as a drummer


GUITAR SESSIONS: LUKE HIGGINS

Luke Higgins is a London-based professional session guitarist and is currently working with James Arthur and Pixie Lott. Previously, he’s also worked with artists including Badly Drawn Boy, Lighthouse Family, Backstreet Boys, Amy Winehouse, Adele and The Script. Watch him put his spin on:

Read our interview with Luke to hear more about his career as a guitarist

KEYBOARDS SESSIONS: ROSA ULLMANN

Rosa Ullmann is a London-based keyboards player and composer. She’s supported a range of artists including Lady Gaga, Fatboy Slim, The Chemical Brothers, The Offspring, and The Gossip, and has played at some of the world’s biggest festivals including Wireless, Rock En Seine, Africa Express and Glastonbury. Watch her put her spin on:

Read our interview with Rosa to hear more about her career as a keyboards player

VOCALS SESSIONS: BRENDAN REILLY

Brendan Reilly is a London-based American singer-songwriter. In addition to his own independent releases over the years, he’s toured the world with artists including Basement Jaxx, Disclosure and Sam Sparrow, and is currently touring with Pete Tong & The Heritage Orchestra. He has also worked with artists including Florence and the Machine, Rita Ora and Laura Mvula, and performed at venues and festivals ranging from Ronnie Scott’s to Glastonbury and Coachella, from Madison Square Garden to The Sydney Opera House. Watch him put his spin on:

Read our interview with Brendan to hear more about his career as a singer

VOCALS SESSIONS: CHARLOTTE LUBBOCK

Charlotte Lubbock is a session singer and pianist, graduating from The BRIT School with the likes of Adele and Katy B. As a session singer, she works with producers and song-writers around the UK and US, providing the vocals to help them successfully promote their songs to record labels. Watch her put her spin on:

Read our interview with Charlotte to hear more about her career as a singer


SPOTIFY PLAYLISTS

For more performance inspiration, we've put the artists’ original versions of our Rock & Pop 2018 songs together in one place in our Spotify playlists. If you don’t already have a Spotify account, it’s free to set one up. Follow us and our playlists on Spotify to easily find them again.



"IT'S REALLY NICE HAVING THE ABILITY TO CHOOSE WHAT YOU LIKE ... IT'S HELPED ME DEVELOP AS A MUSICIAN."

JOSHUA, GRADE 7 GUITARIST

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