A FAMOUS saxophonist who has worked with the great and good of the music world helped inspire the next generation when he popped into a Hartlepool school.
Youngsters at West View Primary School, in Davison Drive, took time out of their usual lessons for the workshop with Snake Davis, a world-renowned musician who has worked with the likes of Kylie Minogue, Take That, James Brown and M-People.
The opportunity came about after Andy Brown, headteacher at the school, saw Snake perform live at a recent gig in Stokesley and he approached him during the interval to ask if he would go into the school.
Youngsters spent an hour listening to Snake perform before getting the chance to have a go themselves on a range of instruments including the saxophone, modern flute and a traditional Japanese flute.
The 57-year-old performer, a dad-of-three, took time out from his own latest tour of North Yorkshire and said he loves holding workshops in school.
He is established as one of the UK’s leading saxophonists and performs all around the world.
Snake, who is originally from South Wales, said: “I happened to mention during the performance in Stokesley that I sometimes go into schools and hold workshops.
“Andy pounced on me at the interval and asked if he would come to West View and I was more than happy to do so.
“It was a fantastic day and I love going into schools.
“Children are very enthusiastic and they are a great source of inspiration,” added Snake, who is still the musical director and saxophonist for Heather Small from M-People.
As well as performing on records for the likes of the Spice Girls, Tom Jones, Lisa Stansfield, George Michael, Tina Turner and Paul McCartney, Snake was also the saxophonist on Take That’s ‘A Million Lovesongs’.
He held one session at St John Vianney RC Primary School in the morning before moving onto West View Primary School where he held two workshops with children of different ages.
Mr Brown, who said he loves live music, said: “We believe in giving the young people as many life experiences as possible and it was great that Snake was able to come into school.
“The children really enjoyed it and they loved having a go on the instruments.
“I said to Snake at the end of the day, that if we can inspire just one of those children then we have done a good job.”