Surrey pupil featured on School of Rock UK music tour


Marikit only had five days to train with the instrument

Submitted for publication in the Surrey Advertiser

A 12-year-old student from Guildford, Surrey performed on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s successful School of Rock music tour.

Rising virtuoso Marikit Akiwumi was given the role of bassist Katie for the recent UK and Ireland tour, having taken on bass guitar for the first time five days before her audition.

Marikit was asked to prepare a handful of riffs and technical exercises for the audition in July 2019, but lacking experience with the four-string instrument, the music star and her father, Tony, visited. to Andertons Music Co who set it up with a short scale. Bass Ibanez. After wowing the auditions, Marikit was then offered the role in November 2020.

Tony explained the process: “Marikit joined the School of Rock auditions after a friend of her mother’s suggested that we send a video of her singing to the casting agents.

“After a few months they responded and asked her if she would like to try playing bass guitar. She said yes, and we bought her a bass guitar. I have pictures and videos from that day at Andertons. , two years ago.

“Five days later, Marikit was in London to audition. It was kind of funny, because she was playing bass with her thumb rather than with her fingers, because she didn’t know how to play it any other way.

“We bought a Marcus Miller jazz bass from Marikit initially, but it was too big, so we came back to buy a short-scale Ibanez. We also bought a Sire fretless V7, since then. One of the pieces for which she was to play her first audition was The Chain.

“She only had five days to learn several riffs and technique exercises, and started learning them on her brother’s acoustic guitar before we could buy her a bass, from which she plays bass like a guitar. “

Speaking about this thrilling experience, Marikit said: “Being in rock school is a fun and stimulating experience that has increased my self confidence because I perform in front of so many people.”

Managing Partner Lee Anderton said, “Andertons has been making musicians since we were founded by my grandfather in 1964. We are delighted with Marikit and her incredible accomplishments and are honored to play a part in her journey. until now.

“At only 12 years old, the world is his oyster. We wish her all the best for the next tour and hope that she can pursue an incredible musical career. “

The talented youngster has now successfully completed her eighth grade RSL bass guitar and acoustic guitar exams, as well as her seventh grade RSL singing exam.

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