‘It couldn’t have gone better’ - guitar teacher hosts first workshop since lockdown

Guitar teacher Cliff Ward (inset R) hosted the first 'Band Company' workshop last month (April)

Guitar teacher Cliff Ward (inset R) hosted the first 'Band Company' workshop last month (April) with fellow teacher Chris Webb (inset L). - Credit: Cliff Ward

An East Cambridgeshire guitar teacher believes that his first workshop since lockdown “couldn’t have gone better” after it saw a “fantastic” turnout of students. 

Cliff Ward, who teaches pupils at King’s Ely, Ely College, Witchford Village College and Littleport Community Primary School, hosted the very first ‘Band Company’ event last month (April). 

He was joined by fellow musician and guitar teacher Chris Webb.  

The very first 'Band Company' workshop was held at Witchford Village College last month (April).

The very first 'Band Company' workshop was held at Witchford Village College last month (April). - Credit: Cliff Ward

The very first 'Band Company' workshop was held at Witchford Village College last month (April).

The very first 'Band Company' workshop was held at Witchford Village College last month (April). - Credit: Cliff Ward

“This is the first workshop I have ran since lockdown happened and it couldn’t have gone better,” said Cliff. 

“I have been wanting to start these workshops for a long time and with Chris’ help, it has been a real success.” 

When lockdown happened, all of the schools’ music lessons went completely online and students (as well as Cliff himself) had to adapt to learning/teaching over video calls. 

Cliff says he must’ve taught well over 1,000 guitar lessons on Zoom. 

Cliff believes he taught well over 1,000 guitar lessons on Zoom over lockdown.

Cliff believes he taught well over 1,000 guitar lessons on Zoom during lockdown. - Credit: Cliff Ward

Hosts of 'Band Company' - musicians and guitar teachers Cliff Ward and Chris Webb.

Hosts of 'Band Company' - musicians and guitar teachers Cliff Ward (R) and Chris Webb (L). - Credit: Cliff Ward

Cliff believes he taught well over 1,000 guitar lessons on Zoom over lockdown.

Cliff believes he taught well over 1,000 guitar lessons on Zoom over lockdown. - Credit: Cliff Ward

Cliff believes he taught well over 1,000 guitar lessons on Zoom during lockdown.

Cliff believes he taught well over 1,000 guitar lessons on Zoom during lockdown. - Credit: Cliff Ward

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“At first, it was hard to get the hang of and it took a while to get the right equipment I needed, but after a short time it started to get easier and my students took to it very quickly,” he said. 

“Eventually, I even had quite a lot of students taking Trinity College and Rockschool gradings too, which I feel was a huge achievement for my students during a pandemic.” 

Cliff’s workshop in April started at 10am with a classical guitar ensemble as well as a rock band, and the day finished with a performance at 3pm. 

The very first 'Band Company' workshop was held at Witchford Village College last month (April).

The very first 'Band Company' workshop was held at Witchford Village College last month (April). - Credit: Cliff Ward

The very first 'Band Company' workshop was held at Witchford Village College last month (April).

The very first 'Band Company' workshop was held at Witchford Village College last month (April). - Credit: Cliff Ward

The very first 'Band Company' workshop was held at Witchford Village College last month (April).

The very first 'Band Company' workshop was held at Witchford Village College last month (April). - Credit: Cliff Ward

He said: “We had a fantastic turnout of students and they all had a great time and really embraced the opportunity to meet and make music with their peers from around the county – something that hasn’t been possible for a couple of years due to Covid. 

“I’d like to thank Mrs D’Cunha at Witchford Village College for supporting us and providing us with a great venue to host it. 

“We can’t wait for the next one as it gives the students such a great opportunity to play their guitars together and make learning music a fun and social experience, not just something we do on our own.” 

The very first 'Band Company' workshop was held at Witchford Village College last month (April).

The very first 'Band Company' workshop was held at Witchford Village College last month (April). - Credit: Cliff Ward

The very first 'Band Company' workshop was held at Witchford Village College last month (April).

The very first 'Band Company' workshop was held at Witchford Village College last month (April). - Credit: Cliff Ward

The very first 'Band Company' workshop was held at Witchford Village College last month (April).

The very first 'Band Company' workshop was held at Witchford Village College last month (April). - Credit: Cliff Ward

Cliff added: “In the future, we’d love to see more students coming along, forming bands, making friends and learning to perform together.” 

The next ‘Band Company’ workshop is on Sunday, June 12 at Witchford Village College. 

For more information, visit www.cwguitaracademy.com/workshops

The very first 'Band Company' workshop was held at Witchford Village College last month (April).

The very first 'Band Company' workshop was held at Witchford Village College last month (April). - Credit: Cliff Ward

The very first 'Band Company' workshop was held at Witchford Village College last month (April).

The very first 'Band Company' workshop was held at Witchford Village College last month (April). - Credit: Cliff Ward

The next 'Band Company' workshop is on June 12 at Witchford Village College.

The next 'Band Company' workshop is on June 12 at Witchford Village College. - Credit: Cliff Ward