BIMM London students were treated to an inspirational Masterclass session recently, when professional guitar session player, Pete Callard, popped in for a visit.
Pete began the session by discussing his professional journey so far – from starting out as a self-taught guitar player and studying jazz at a music school in Hollywood, to moving back to the UK and working the function scene and the West End.
Pete then discussed the differences between band work compared with playing in front of a conductor, and how performing in function bands and West End shows helped him to improve his professional skills, while enabling him to meet ‘fixers’ and MDs, who, in turn, allowed him to further his career.
Pete talked about his usual preparation for a West End production, stating that he generally receives a copy of the music, a recording of it and a conductor video in advance:
Next Pete explained to the BIMM audience how difficult working in West End shows can be:
Pete was then asked by an audience member whether, as a session musician, he had a lot of free time, and if so, what he does with it. He mentioned that he thinks it’s necessary, during any time out, to find other artistic pursuits too; ones that help you to become a better musician:
We’d like to say a huge thank you to Pete for coming in to speak with our students – it was hugely inspirational – and to wish him the very best of luck in his future career.