Fred is excited to be involved with AimHi to get interacting with talented students and artists, to explore how the creative process works & what can inspire and influence them. His lessons and workshops aim not only to equip the musically-inclined with the skills they need to have a successful career in the arts, but to show how musical training enhances key skills that are useful across all disciplines and walks of life.
As a workshop facilitator Fred works with 5000 young people a year on a large variety of projects including two Guinness World Records for The World's Largest Samba Band and World’s Largest Drum Lesson.
Fred has recently launched his own workshop company, Let’s All Create promoting arts inclusion, working with organisations such as Voice of Aiko on their projects for refugees and those going through addiction recovery. Let’s All Create also partners with organisations helping those with Special Educational Needs, including Action for Children & Billing Brook School, most recently writing and recording a song with students to celebrate International Autism Awareness Week.
Fred Claridge graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BMus (Hons) in 2012, studying Drum Kit with Malcolm Garrett at Birmingham Conservatoire.
Since graduating he has toured extensively with many artists, most recently with Blanco White on his 50 date tour across the UK, Europe, Scandinavia & America. Other artists include: Blair Dunlop, Luke Concannon (Nizlopi) and Lily Moore.
Fred has also worked as a session drummer in some of the country's top studios, recording with artists such as Billy Bragg and filming TV shows such as Got What in Takes with Conor Maynard.
"The rests are as important as the notes..."
When Fred isn’t busy touring the world or teaching, he like to socialise & run with friends and find out about weird & wonderful historical figures to write song about.