AN UP-AND-COMING musician entertained a group of schoolchildren yesterday.

Singer songwriter Max Pope played songs from his existing set list as well as some upcoming releases for the Key Stage 2 pupils at St Bartholomew’s CE Primary in Ann Street, Brighton.

The 21-year-old, from Hove, said: “I absolutely loved playing and singing for the children and it was a privilege to play for such a lovely group of pupils.

“We got them all singing and clapping their hands to the tunes.

“It was good to be able to meet and talk to them about their hopes and ambitions for the future.

“I think it is important for children to be taught how to aim for the goals they really want to achieve from a young age and assemblies like this just push them towards that.”

The theme of the assembly was Going for Goals and Max gave a motivational speech to the six to 11-year-olds about aiming high.

Max was joined by his regular bassist Matt Mcallister for the performance.

Max has recently had his music showcased on Radio 1, Virgin Radio and Spotify.

The former Brit School pupil said: “I was encouraged to play instruments and make music by an old teacher of mine.

“It feels great to give back in this sort of environment and it is a great idea to try and influence these children in a positive way to get involved in the world of music.

“When I had to leave, I couldn’t make it out as the children were all blocking the door and asking for autographs, which left me feeling like a bit of a rock star.”

John Mills, Year 5 teacher at St Bartholomew’s, said: “Our guests have put on a brilliant show today,but more importantly they have shown our pupils that they can succeed in any of their ambitions with hard work and resilience.

“We are so grateful that they came all the way from London to entertain us.

“We all left school very inspired.”