The Prescotian Webzine

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  Paul Lewis Classical pianist Paul Lewis, who featured as a soloist at the 2005 Last Night of the Proms, was a student at Prescot Grammar School. His first international achievement was the second prize at the 1994 World Piano Competition in London.In 2000 he became a Professor of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music. Lewis played in many prestigious venues and various festivals all over the world and with many notable orchestra with famous conductors. More >>>>>
     
  Michael Cox His sisters wrote to Jack Good, a TV producer of shows such as Oh Boy and Boy Meets Girl, to say their brother could match the stars of the day at singing, his voice being similar to that of Ricky Nelson. He was signed up for TV shows and a record contract. His recording career was brief but included 'Angela Jones' which entered the charts in June 1960 reaching No 7. Along 'Came Caroline' entered the charts in October 1960 reaching No 41. He was more successful in countries such as Sweden and may now live in Australia. His achievements were actually mentioned by Spencer Briggs, headmaster at the time, high praise indeed!
     
  Tony Hazzard, songwriter, session singer and recording artiste. As a songwriter, wrote the following international hits:You Won't Be Leaving - Herman's Hermits : Ha-Ha Said The Clown - Manfred Mann : Fox On The Run - Manfred Mann : Listen To Me - The Hollies :Hello World - The Tremeloes : Me, The Peaceful Heart - Lulu : Maria Elena - Gene Pitney : Getting Over You - Andy Williams. As a session singer, sang on James Last albums and Elton John albums (Elton John, Tumbleweed Connection, and Honky Chateau).
     
  Stuart Sutcliffe, aka The fifth Beatle, attended PGS and the Liverpool College of Art. It was here that he met John Lennon. Stuart's art was abstract and influenced by Van Gogh. He was approached by John Lennon to join the early Beatles as bass guitarist. It was obvious that Stuart would never be as good a musician as he was an artist. though Stuart playedwith The Beatles in Hamburg where he met and fell in love with Astrid Kirchherr. The other Beatles left Hamburg in December 1960 while Stuart decided to stay. He lived in the attic flat of Astrid's home in the Hamburg. Sadly, Stuart died at the age of 21 in Hamburg. More >>>>>>>>
     
  Colin Vearncombe is the singer songwriter formerly known as the artist Black and is best remembered for the 80's hits 'Wonderful Life' and 'Sweetest Smile'. His first album release under his own name, 'The Accused', was released in October 1999. Since then he has released 3 other albums. They are 'Abbey Road Live', 'Water On Snow' & 'Live At The Bassline Johannesburg'. He has a new album 'smoke up close' set for release in 2003. More >>>>>>>>
     
  John Cushing After five years as Principal Clarinet with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, John was appointed Principal Clarinet with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 1978. Since then he has appeared as soloist with the Orchestra on many occasions, and has an extensive Concerto repertoire, including James Macmillan’s Ninian, which was written for and dedicated to him which is now released on the BIS label to great critical acclaim. More >>>>>>
     
  Dave McCabe is the leader of popular Merseyside band, The Zutons. After a successful second album, the band were nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Award for 2006. More >>>>>>
     
  Peter Griffiths was the bass player for Punk Liverpool based band 'The Spitfire Boys' in the late seventies. The Spitfire Boys were without doubt Liverpool's finest punk band and produced its finest slice of punk vinyl - British Refugee/Mein Kampf in 1977. More >>>>>>
     
  Laurence Perkins is Principal Bassoonist in Manchester Camerata. He describes his life as, "A complex and occasionally chaotic mix of orchestral playing (with Camerata and other orchestras), chamber music concerts with various groups, solo work in the form of concertos, recitals, and my words-and-music presentations (more details on his website), as well as working with amateur orchestras and ensembles as conductor and wind chamber music coach, which I love doing."
     
  John Hughes was the flute player for the prog-rock band of the early seventies, "Gravy Train". Formed in 1970 they were signed to the Vertigo label and released their debut self-titled album in January 1971. Encompassing elements of folk, blues and hard rock, this debut album, although not selling in droves, established Gravy Train as a band to look out for. They released their second and final album for the label, "Ballad of a Peaceful Man" in December of that year. This was in all respects a better album, but still didn't sell in the numbers that the powers that be were happy with, and the band was dropped, only to be snatched up by Dawn Records. The third album, "Second Birth", released in 1973, is generally believed to be their weakest album. The fourth album, "Staircase to the Day" was a masterful return to form, and featured stunning sleeve artwork by none other than the great Roger Dean.
     
?   Roy Corkill was also in Black and has a long history of playing with Liverpool's finest including The Icicle Works.

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