Music school anniversary

Get Rhythm hosted a concert earlier this summer.
Get Rhythm hosted a concert earlier this summer.

A Peterhead music school has celebrated a whole year of teaching North East musicians of all ages.

Get Rhythm Music School, based in Peterhead, opened in October 2012 and 12 months on boasts 102 pupils.

Bryan Porter founded Get Rhythm Music School in October 2012.

Bryan Porter founded Get Rhythm Music School in October 2012.

The school is owned and run by local musician Bryan Porter who employs several qualified music tutors several of whom play in bands as well.

He is delighted not only that business is booming but that pupils of the school have embarked upon musical careers.

Bryan, 50, said: “We’ve been open exactly one year, business is doing well and we’re always looking for talented people who want to advance their musical skills.

“Our main objective is to get as many kids as possible to develop their talent. I would like to thank all the pupils who attend and their parents, Foundation Church and High Class Preschool Centre for their continued support of the school.

“I’d also like to congratulate all the pupils who have sat and passed exams during the past year.”

Get Rhythm began with 44 pupils from Peterhead who wanted to learn music.

Now more than double that number from Peterhead, Ellon, Fraserburgh and all the areas in between receive drum, guitar, vocal, keyboard, piano and accordion lessons.

Pupils vary in ages from as young as 5 to as old as 74.

Mr Porter, who began playing the drums aged 6 with a local pipe band and has spent 33 years in bands, is particularly pleased to announce that three bands have been formed by students.

In April the Buchanie reported that 10-year-old Kacey Cardno, a singing pupil of Get Rhythm’s Amanda Carnie, bagged a place in the choir for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at Aberdeen’s His Majesty’s Theatre.

In June the school hosted its first concert at its Blackhouse Circle premises and in July pupil Georgia Johnston won Scottish Week’s Junior X Factor competition.

Get Rhythm music school is open 3.30pm-9pm Monday to Friday. All enquiries please call 01779 472894 or visit the school at 8a Blackhouse Circle.