Old Bedalians in the music industry

By Neil Hornsby, Head of Contemporary Music


The lockdown period has been an amazingly creative time for musicians around the world and our current Contemporary Music students have been inspired by following the online exploits of some of our musical alumni.

Delilah Montagu (OB 2016) performed with South African DJ and producer Black Coffee in the One World: Together At Home concert on 18 April that featured a huge range of the world’s biggest stars in music from Billie Eilish to Elton John and the Rolling Stones. Marika Hackman (2010) played the DIYsolation Festival, Minke (Leah Mason, 2009) has been extremely active from her living room in Los Angeles, performing at several online gigs including the Uncancelled Music Festival and 7 Layers, Quarantine Edition. Minke’s brilliant new single, Elsewhere, is released today across all platforms. Listen to it on Spotify here, follow her on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and catch her in a lockdown gig soon!

Grammy-nominated producer/writer/artist Wynne (Rory Andrew, 2005) has just announced Paradise Valley, a new project with artist/producer Brandon Black. Wynne also produced and co-wrote two tracks, Save Us and Goodnight, on Columbia Records recording artist Lennon Stella’s new album, Three. Two. One. Listen to both tracks on Spotify here. Rory has also agreed to be involved in some lockdown projects with current students.

Johnny Flynn (2001) performed at Singing with Nightingales: Live At Home to celebrate 50 years of Earth Day.

James Grout-Smith, Chilli Chilton (2018) and Imo Mayhook-Walker (2019) have all recorded songs with current students whilst busily working on creative projects of their own.