New look at Bristol Rock Guitar

Published on: 04 Aug 2014

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THE new music school in Mangotsfield, Bristol Rock Guitar, has been given a head-turning new look thanks to street artist Cheba.

The former medical surgery is now nearing the end of extensive redevelopment, complete with two soundproofed rehearsal rooms and a 1960s Jimi Hendrix-themed teaching room for guitar, bass guitar, drum and singing lessons.

Cheba, who has also provided graffiti art for Harvey Nichols in Bristol, was commissioned to add the finishing psychedelic touches to the building in keeping with the school's rock ethos.

Founder Rich Thornton said:  "We wanted to create a total rock & roll environment where people can learn, practise and meet other musicians in a building that has fabulous facilities and looks to match.

“All the tutors have studied at the Bristol Institute of Modern Music in Stokes Croft, so we drew inspiration from the incredible street art in that area.”

Asked about the response from the community, bass guitar tutor Becky Baldwin added: “It’s been really positive. We’ve actually had people approach us just to say they love how much colour we’re bringing to the area. The off-licence opposite even asked if we could do their shop front. Perhaps we’ve started a trend!”

You can view the work of art at 26 Stockwell Drive, Mangotsfield. For further information about Bristol Rock Guitar,  call 0117 379 0379, email,  visit or find them on Facebook.

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