Ed Sheeran has sold more than 150 million records worldwide but it turns out, the 28-year-old actually failed music at college.
Let this be a lesson to everyone…
A letter sent to the Shape Of You singer/songwriter in 2010 confirmed he had received six F grades in all segments, including songcraft, of his higher diploma in Contemporary Music Performance course at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Surrey.
The letter is now on display at a new exhibition, Ed Sheeran Made In Suffolk, at Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich.
Ed attended the college in 2009 but quit in 2010, hence his fail marks, to concentrate on his music career.
There is a 2004 school report in the exhibition which describes him as a ‘natural performer’.
It reads: ‘Obviously at the moment his voice is beginning to change although he still has quite a lot in his higher register.’
Ed’s father John curated the exhibition, and in the programme his dad says his son had become ‘disillusioned’ with the course just three weeks in, and claims his tutors had ‘refused’ Ed permission to go on tour with Just Jack.
After quitting the course, Ed did tour with the Starz In Their Eyes hitmaker, and promotional material from his first major support slot is on display at the exhibit, along with a number of old photos, props from his music videos, and paintings of the hitmaker.
The Ed Sheeran: Made In Suffolk exhibition opens on 20 August and showcases a series of memorabilia that documents the life and career of the British musician.
For the first time ever, fans will get a glimpse of previously unseen photos of Ed, as a range of photos and sculptures on display depict the singer over the years.
This includes childhood pictures and drawings, sculptures, and still images from Ed’s music videos.
In particular, one image taken from the singer’s music video for the singer shows off his heavily tattooed torso – and when you compare this to a childhood snap of Ed as a toddler, it is a complete transformation.
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