Rock legend Roger Taylor of Queen visited the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford, UK on 28 October 2011 to open the new 80 seat Roger Taylor Zildjian Studio.
The Roger Taylor Zildjian Studio boasts a stage with full band set up and lighting rig, plus an incredible display of Queen memorabilia, which has been kindly gifted to the Academy by Roger Taylor and Zildjian. The Queen collection includes drum skins, sticks and posters from huge Queen tours such as "The Works" and "News Of The World," all of which have been signed by Roger. The studio also features a beautiful display of Roger’s Zildjian set-up, signed by Roger, and various Zildjian educational pieces and memorabilia. The studio will be of invaluable use to students studying at the Academy across the Performance, Production, and Business faculties.
The Opening Ceremony saw Roger cut the ribbon to officially open the studio, after which students were lucky to partake in a lengthy Q&A session before having the opportunity to have Queen materials signed by Roger.
Zildjian has been working with Roger Taylor for many years and specifically chose to honour Roger for his contribution to British Music and to recognise the inspiration that he is to many drummers worldwide, including Zildjian Artists, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) and Dom Howard (Muse), who are all huge fans.
Speaking about the studio, Roger said, "This is just amazing. We had nothing at school, in fact nothing but disapproval. There was no school drum kit, let alone a room full of drum kits. So this is like a dream come true."
Zildjian is one of ACM’s longest-standing supporters, having sponsored and exclusively provided cymbals to the Academy ever since it opened its doors sixteen years ago.
Founded in 1995, ACM’s unique industry led educational model – unprecedented in British education – has already ensured an impressive success rate of placement within the music industry. Founded in 1995 with a Princes Trust Award, ACM UK alone is home to 1,200 full-time and 400 part-time students and offers MA and degree courses as well as certHE and BTEC programmes in a number of practical music disciplines including Drums. The curriculum is focused on structuring courses that work hand-in-hand with fulfilling the needs of the music sector and its changing skill gaps, and has a business development team, which actively seeks out opportunities for its students. In 2008, ACM won the Queen’s Award for Innovation In Education.
For further information, please visit www.acm.ac.uk. In the main photo above, left to right are: Bob Wiczling (Zildjian), Phil Brookes (ACM), Roger Taylor, Tina Clarke, and James Connell (ACM).