Cream bassist honoured by former music school

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Cream bass guitarist Jack Bruce has been honoured with a memorial sculpture at his old music school.

The Scottish singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist has been recognised by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, (formerly the RSAMD), where he was a cello and composition student between 1958 and 1961.

The sculpture, made of wood, Perspex and metal, encapsulates some of Bruce’s own bass guitar strings and was created by artist, designer and costumier Hazel Blue.

Margrit Seyffer, widow of Jack Bruce, with artist Hazel Blue (RCS/PA)

It reads: “Failure can be a triumph but fear of failure is always a disaster.”

Bruce won a scholarship in cello and composition to what was then the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, from where he later received an Honorary Doctorate of Music.

He played with Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, The Graham Bond Organisation, John Mayall and Manfred Mann before forming Cream with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker.

Bruce composed most of Cream’s hits, including I Feel Free, Sunshine Of Your Love, White Room and many others during the band’s meteoric career.

Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards 2008 – London
Jack Bruce arriving at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards in London in 2008 (Yui Mok/PA)

It was followed by a Blue Mondays concert featuring jazz students from Scotland’s national conservatoire.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “Jack Bruce was a prodigious talent, a natural musician whose art and legacy will inspire students for decades to come.

“From Eric Clapton to Manfred Mann and Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, Jack’s collaborators read like a who’s who of the music business, testament to his outstanding musicianship and versatility.

“We are delighted to be remembering his musical legacy with this artwork here at the Royal Conservatoire.”

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