Tom Grennan returned to his hometown of Bedford last week to give a master class to some lucky students of St Thomas More school.
Previously a student at the school himself, Tom wanted to lend support to his hometown community, giving something back to the young people of Bedford at a time when lockdowns are affecting vital music education and a creative outlet.
The master class took place in the very school hall where Tom performed his first ever gig – a far cry from his life now, performing at the Royal Albert Hall and Brixton Academy.
Tom was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by the University of Bedfordshire for outstanding services to the arts in 2019 and the community where he grew up and his music education are hugely valuable to Tom.
During the first lockdown, he spent his time off helping volunteers from Bedford Kindness to make deliveries to Bedford Foodbank.
“Community is so important,” said Tom. “It’s tough out there right now, especially on the young people who are stuck at home waiting to get back in school, learn and create together.
“I wanted to give something back to my community, Bedford’s where I’m from, and it’s shaped who I am. I want to do Bedford proud.”
He spent time chatting to the Class of ’21 over Zoom alongside his former teacher, Angela Costello.
Tom shared advice on finding melodies, vocal warm ups, training vocal chords, scales and a special performance of his single ‘Little Bit Of Love’.
Sharing stories across his career, Tom opened up about starting out busking in Bedford town centre, playing rite-of-passage music venue and hub of the local scene, Bedford Esquires, to headlining Brixton Academy and the Royal Albert Hall.
“It was great to hear their stories and share some of the lessons I’ve learnt along the way. Singing is the best outlet, medicine and release in the world, and I hope all of the students are inspired to find their own voices, even when they’re stuck at home.”
“To have Tom return to our school and offer our students an inspiring master class was a truly memorable moment for our school community,” said Angela.
“We are extremely proud to see Tom’s dreams come true and will continue to support him at every stage of his career.”
Local students are encouraged to record their own version of Little Bit Of Love and share it on TikTok and Instagram tagging @TomGrennan #LittleBitOfLove #EveringRoad for the chance to win VIP tickets to a headline date on Tom’s September 2021 UK headline tour, a signed copy of new album Evering Road, and exclusive Tom Grennan merchandise.
Tom’s new album Evering Road is released today (12 March) via Insanity Records.