Elton recently played the iTunes Festival, and the evening included input from students from the RAM’s musical theatre department as well as members of Total Brass and Two Cellos.
As noted by the school’s blog, Elton’s support of Royal Academy of Music pupils goes much further than this.
For many years now, he has nurtured the latest generation of students through his Elton John Scholarship Fund. This isn’t just a case of signing a cheque – Elton takes an active interest in how ‘his’ students are getting on. For instance, Luka Sulic of the Two Cellos was an Elton John Scholar at the Academy, for example. Incidentally, the former Reg Dwight has been involved in Luka’s career soon after he saw the Two Cellos’ YouTube hit of Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal. It led to the two instrumentalists being asked to open for many of Elton’s concerts.
Moreover, the Academy has expressed gratitude to the piano player for his generous support of their spectacular new 42-stop, three-manual symphonic organ, which was installed this summer in the Duke’s Hall.