MUSICAL students managed to hit all the right notes with the help of a world-renowned vocal coach.
David Laudat has worked with East 17, the Spice Girls and Westlife since launching his vocal coaching career in 1996 and now he has passed on his expertise to students at Hartlepool Sixth Form College.
The 50-year-old, who has also been a session singer for Take That, Tom Jones, Lionel Richie and George Michael, spent the day honing the skills of teenagers on the two-year BTEC music performance course.
Students perfected their harmonies and range by singing Bruno Mars’ hit single Grenade before a performance in front of their classmates.
David, who is from Essex but now lives in London, said: “The students at the college are really cool and it has been a pleasure to work with them.
“The standard was really high and the quality is as good here as anywhere else I have taught.”
David is a former merchant banker turned singer and now spends most of his time working with young people and students in colleges and universities across the country.
He said: “I began my vocal coaching career in 1996 with East 17, before being asked to train the Spice Girls for their first live dates and subsequent world tour.”
Since then he has built a reputation as one of the UK’s leading vocal coaches and has worked closely with Simon Cowell – whom he describes as a “consummate professional” – and also been a vocal coach on the X-Factor.
As a lead vocalist he scored a top 10 UK hit with US hip-hop band, The Bucketheads, who went to number one with dance classic, The Bomb and he has had a hit album in Japan with Love City Groove.
Now the dad-of-five’s passion is working with the next generation. David, who is married to Lisa, said: “The course is a great idea and it helps build the students’ confidence and skill levels.”
The workshop came about because David is friends with Andy Power, head of music at the college, a former session musician for the likes of Stevie Wonder and Jools Holland.
Mr Power said: “The students have learned so much from David and we are pleased that he was able to come to the College for the workshop.
“David is right at the centre of the industry and he is one of the best at what he does.
“He has his finger on the pulse and the students loved every minute.”
The new music course started in September and there are currently 30 students aged between 16 and 18 learning their trade.