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Eleanor Philpot

Jamie Cullum leads world’s first 5G music lesson

4:03, 26th June 2019

The critically acclaimed musician Jamie Cullum recently held a music session for young performers across the UK, all via the power of 5G technology.

On 25 June, the multi-instrumentalist led the world’s first 5G music lesson with the help of charity, Music for All. Connecting with talented young performers based in a range of venues across the UK, including City of London Corporation’s Amphitheatre, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and We The Curious in Bristol, the band included the hopefuls chosen by Cullum from an open callout in May.

Performing alongside Cullum were singer Lexi Milligan, guitarist and singer Jeremy Levif, singer and saxophonist Rosie Patton, singer and keyboard player Taylor Paisley-French, drummer Jakob Terry, and bassist Alyson Knott. Together, they played a track from Cullum’s recently released album, Taller, as well as a more classic number.

It also acted as a crucial moment for the Smart Internet Labs at the University of Bristol, EE, King’s College London and Digital Catapult, whose advancements in 5G technology allowed the experience to be enjoyed by 2,000 audience members across the UK.

Julian Lloyd Webber, principal of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, explains: ‘As a world leading institution providing diverse music education opportunities to a broad range of students in a state-of-the-art building, we are absolutely delighted to partner in this global first. Access to exceptional music-making sits at the very heart of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and our significant investment in technology and venues – including the Eastside Jazz Club – ensures a vibrant and memorable experience for all. We look forward to further exploring the possibilities of 5G in music education following the success of this fantastic artistic endeavour.’

Dimitra Simeonidou, director of the Smart Internet Lab at the University of Bristol, adds: ‘We were delighted to collaborate with the charity Music for All and our partners in London, Birmingham and Bristol to deliver a world’s first music lesson with the talented Jamie Cullum across 5G networks. This landmark event demonstrates how 5G technology innovation carried out in our labs at the University of Bristol can revolutionise skills development and cultural experiences. This initiative will give us an insight into exciting Digital Futures.’

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