Pupils were excited to meet a contestant from the hit TV show The Voice when he dropped by their school recently.
Howard Rose visited Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy in Kirk Hallam to talk about how he made it to the live shows of the BBC programme.
Rose, 27, was one of the three performers chosen by legendary showman Tom Jones to progress in this year’s competition, before he was knocked out in the first round by public vote.
Speaking to the school’s Year 9 and 10 music students, he delivered an inspirational message: “If you want to do something then don’t put it off and don’t doubt that fact that you are the best version of yourself.”
He added: “You can do anything that you want to. It’s all about developing yourselves and just putting everything into your life decisions.”
Dan Quenby, music teacher at the academy, said the visit from Rose was a great success.
“The students were enthralled by his journey,” he said. “He spoke about achieving your own confident style and how important it was to be yourself. This really enthused the students and raised their own musical expectations.”
“I wanted students to hear about the music industry from a professional point of view, and thought Howard would be a great candidate due to his recent exposure on TV and his musical talents. He has a great story to
Rose performed a short set for students and told of how he was selected for the show after being spotted at an open mic night.
He explained: “There are lots of auditions before the televised rounds and a fair amount of vetting goes on to make sure you can cope with the stress of performing in front of millions of people on TV.”
A self-employed musician, Rose also runs his own School of Rock and teaches instrumental lessons in schools around his home city of Manchester.
Joan McCarthy, head teacher of St John Houghton, said: “We‘re thrilled Howard could take time out of his busy schedule to come and talk to our students. We would like to thank him for leaving our students feeling inspired.”