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Ed Sheeran surprises Sheffield College music students with impromptu gig

Ed Sheeran surprised a group of music students by giving an impromptu gig at their college.

The four-time Grammy winner turned up at The Sheffield College as 19-year-old student Lol Bailey was performing the singer’s number one track Shape Of You in the college’s drama and music theatre.

Sheeran performed the track as well as Castle On The Hill, before playing the acoustic guitar as the students freestyled rap lyrics on the microphone.

The 33-year-old musician laughed when a student rapped: “Came to the studio, the new day is waking, Ed Sheehan is here, my legs are kind of shaking.”

He also answered the young students’ questions about the industry and listened to their future career ambitions.

Angela Foulkes, The Sheffield College’s chief executive and principal, said it was “fantastic” welcoming Sheeran to the institution.

“It’s not every day that a global singer songwriter drops by to share their talent, knowledge and expertise with students to help them go further in their careers,” she said.

Matthew Henley, curriculum manager for music at the college, said it was an “inspirational experience” the students will “never forget”.

The surprise appearance was organised by the Sheffield Music Hub team at Sheffield City Council.

Ian Naylor, head of music education at Sheffield City Council, said: “Sheffield has a rich musical heritage and is committed to developing homegrown talent and seeing our creative industries thrive.

“It’s been a pleasure to host Ed today and see first-hand his commitment to using his global platform to champion the importance of music education.”

Earlier in the day Sheeran visited Red Tape Studios in the city and spoke to young musicians.

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