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Discussing his time at the Royal Academy of Music, Elton John revisited the institution in 2019 for an interview with Classic FM. Recalling the experience, he described the atmosphere as intimidating and filled with a sense of fear. Despite leaving to pursue a rock and roll career, he released his debut album, “Empty Sky,” in 1969, encompassing genres like psychedelic rock, soft rock, progressive rock, and folk rock.

Although he embraced rock, Elton John attributes much of his success to his classical music training, emphasizing its pivotal role in shaping his songwriting abilities. Reflecting on the perception of the Academy back then, he noted that it was synonymous with classical music, and rock ‘n roll was not embraced. Nevertheless, he expressed gratitude for his classical training, stating, “Without my training, I never would’ve been able to write the songs I’ve written.”

During his time at the Academy, Elton John found joy in joining the choir, describing it as a fulfilling experience. Despite not being skilled enough for the Academy orchestra, being part of the choir brought him a sense of camaraderie and life affirmation.

In an effort to support aspiring musicians and singers, Elton John established the Elton John Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, a fund dedicated to exceptional young talents who couldn’t afford formal music education.

Thanks to his classical music foundation, Elton John has produced numerous iconic hits, including “I Guess That’s Why they Call it the Blues,” “I’m Still Standing,” “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” and “Circle of Life,” among others.

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