BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi officially opened British And Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM) at a ceremony in Digbeth, Central Birimingham, England this past Wednesday, October 11.
A couple of video reports on the event from BBC News can be seen below. Also available are photos of the ceremony.
According to the Birmingham Post, BIMM is one of the largest independent music college groups in Europe and has operations in London, Brighton, Manchester, Berlin, Bristol and Dublin and its alumni include James Bay, George Ezra and Tom Odell.
Students will be able to study fields such as guitar, songwriting, vocals and music production.
Earlier this year, the school announced that music industry veteran Antony Greaves would be its first principal.
Greaves has previously worked with artists such as COLDPLAY, U2, Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue while technical manager at the Mayfair Recording Studios in London.
Said Iommi: “[BIMM is] a really fabulous place, well equipped and a great opportunity for all the students to learn every element of the music business. It was also an opportunity to announce that James Attwood is the recipient of the scholarship in my name. We had a good chat and I’ll be keeping an eye on his progress. Thanks to everyone involved.”
BLACK SABBATH‘s recent final tour, “The End”, was the band’s last because Iommi, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 and is currently in remission, can no longer travel for extended amounts of time.
SABBATH wrote and recorded its 2013 reunion album, “13”, and toured it all over the world while Iommi was going through treatment for his illness, with the guitarist having to fly back to England every six weeks.
I opened the new BIMM music college in Birmingham today, it’s a really fabulous place, well equipped and a great…