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Boys follow in footsteps of Queen, Oasis and Black Sabbath

January 16th, 2018

Pupils from Monmouth School Boys’ Prep followed in the footsteps of some of the world’s biggest rock stars yesterday when they visited the iconic Rockfield Studios.

The boys spent a memorable day at the famous venue on the outskirts of the town and even recorded their own song.

Reuben and Oliver demonstrated their skills on the drums.

The Prep II boys learned about sound, discussed sound proofing and were given a fascinating insight into the workings of a recording studio.

Some of the biggest names in the music industry over the last half-a-century, including Queen, Oasis, Manic Street Preachers and Black Sabbath, have recorded albums at Rockfield Studios.

British super group Queen recorded the album, Sheer Heart Attack, at Rockfield and A Night At The Opera, including Bohemian Rhapsody – the third best-selling UK single of all time.

Oasis’ acclaimed second album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? was recorded at Rockfield and sold a record-breaking 347,000 copies in its first week.

The album spent 10 weeks at number one on the UK Albums Chart and is a seminal record of both the Britpop era and the 1990s.

Prep II pupil George said: “The trip was great because Freddie Mercury and his band, Queen, Oasis and some other really big bands have recorded at Rockfield.

“I am a big Queen fan and I like Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Another pupil, Sebastian, said: “We had lunch in the dining room where all the famous bands have been and we enjoyed recording a song.”

Dr Sion Wall, Monmouth School Boys’ Prep’s Science and Technology teacher and Co-ordinator, said: “We have a world-class recording facility in Monmouth which is the ideal place to teach the boys about sound.

“We looked at the science of how sound is created and had expert help from a talented sound engineer, Joe Jones.

“Getting the boys to relate different surfaces to different sounds and how bands can modify the sound with the help of engineers was fantastic.”

Music teacher at Monmouth School Boys’ Prep, Mr Joe Walton, said: “It was lovely that the boys were able to record their favourite song, Block City, which they delivered with lots of energy.

“To hear the song manipulated and then transformed into a professional recording was a privilege and it is something the boys can treasure for the rest of their lives.

“It was a fantastic opportunity.”

Dr Wall, who organised the school’s first trip to Rockfield Studios last year with the Prep II class, added: “The boys can tell their family and friends they have performed in the same room in which Freddie Mercury recorded the vocals for Bohemian Rhapsody. It was a wonderful day and we are very grateful to Joe Jones and the team at Rockfield Studios for having us.”

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