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Lewis Capaldi’s former school says Catholic education played a part in the star’s success

Lewis Capaldi’s former teachers have spoken of how the young star is ‘inspiring’ to their pupils—after the 23-year-old scooped two prizes at the Brit Awards.

Lewis attended St Kentigern’s RC Academy in Livingston before gaining fame in his music career, and his former music teacher and headteacher both stated the pupils of the school are enthused by his achievements.

Kirsty Moore, head of music at St Kentigern’s, taught Lewis when he attended the school. She said: “He was out gigging all the time while he attended the school, trying to get onto the scene. He’s worked really hard for it.

Proud teachers

“We’re proud of all the pupils at St Kentigern’s, but to see someone become so successful in such a competitive industry gives us all a massive feeling of pride and it’s amazing to see someone from this community do well.

“The pupils are very much inspired by him.”

The 2020 Brit Awards took place on Tuesday February 18 at the O2 in London with Lewis scooping an award for his song, Someone You Loved—a tribute to his late grandmother.

Successful alumni

He was also crowned Best New Artist, having had his breakthrough in late 2018.

St Kentigern’s is well known for its high number of successful alumni who have gone on to build successful careers in the music industry.

Susan Boyle, Adam Warrington, guitarist for Yungblud, and Jack Cochrane, lead vocalist and guitarist for The Snuts are all former pupils of the school.

Mrs Moore credits their Catholic education as a key to their success in the industry.

She said: “I think the values of Catholic education have a part to play in it, because we build each other up and encourage one another.”

Inspiration

Headteacher Andrew Sharkey took up his post when Lewis was in his final year at he school.

He told the SCO: “We’re really fortunate, here, as we have so many former students who have gone on to be successful in the music industry.

“Lewis is an inspiration here. We have a large number of pupils who take music very seriously and do very well at it.”

He added: “Lewis has been back at the school to visit a number of times since he left, and most recently visited to film a video that went out online. He’s a good lad and we have this tradition here where pupils sign a wall when they’re leaving—Lewis’ signature is still on it, though we’ve covered it up to keep it safe!”

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