A SCHOOL band is set to support one of its musical heroes tonight.

Radical Steps, a school band from Queen Elizabeth School in Kirkby Lonsdale, will perform at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal on Wednesday, April 20 from 6.45pm, supporting Roberto Fonseca.

The band, who are fans of the Cuban pianist, will be playing in the Brewery Arts Centre garden for free.

“Having listened to loads of pianists, I find Roberto Fonseca stands out, with different things coming in with each bar,” said Gabriel Weber, 17, who plays drums in the band.

After hearing how influenced the school band were by Roberto Fonseca, their teacher and mentor, Mr David Banfield, got in touch with Brewery Arts to help organise the performance.

“The opportunity for them to play at a venue that is not the school hall, and to give the band performance exposure, particularly after lockdown, is super exciting,” said Mr Banfield.

“It was incredible to hear that a Grammy-nominated musician was playing in Kendal, so I got tickets to go and see him, then a few weeks down the line I wondered if it was possible to get the band involved and I made contact from there.”

Radical Steps is made up of 12 students aged 11 to 18 who will be playing a variety of tracks including three composed entirely by the band.

“It’s great and a lot of fun, I love the instruments I play,” said Gabriel Clark, who at 12 years old is one of the youngest members.

Tickets for Roberto Fonseca remain available. Visit breweryarts.co.uk 20 Apr | Radical Steps 6.45 -7.30pm | Free Roberto Fonseca - 20 April 2022 Doors 7.30pm | Tickets £18.50 | Theatre