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Schools Prom

For a decade, I was commissioned by Larry Westland to draw the programme cover for the annual Schools Prom, a glorious coming-together of musical schoolkids from around the UK. Part of the deal was a Royal Albert Hall box for me and my family from which we would watch the show every year.

1982

Budgets often didn’t run to full colour printing. Here, I was just allowed two colours: I chose red and blue and managed to create extra colours by mixing percentages of red and blue.
1983
1985

Full colour allowed at last. I went for the coloured pencils option, but later began to avoid it because of the danger of repetitive strain injury.
1986
1987

‘Music embraces technology.’ was the brief for this cover. I spent a bewildering afternoon being shown around state-of-the art Midi equipment.
1988
1989

At the back is my son Roscoe on cello – a rare sighting. His brother Rowan appeared inside the programme on skateboard (below)