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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 19 March, 2003, 11:49 GMT
Clapton's school concert success
Eric Clapton
The audience paid 22.50 each to see Clapton
A school concert by rock superstar Eric Clapton in Sheffield was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the staff, pupils and parents, according to the head teacher.

Clapton, 57, swapped the world's greatest concert venues for Tuesday night's event in the school hall at Birkdale School.

His 17-year-old daughter Ruth is a sixth-former at the fee-paying school and the guitar legend agreed to stage the performance to raise money.

Demand was so high for the private concert that names had to be drawn out of a hat for the 790 tickets, which were sold for 22.50 each.

Intimate venue

Head teacher Robert Court said Clapton performed some of his classic tracks before taking questions from the audience.

Mr Court said: "Playing such an intimate venue will have been quite a change from the stadiums Mr Clapton is used to.

"His performance was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all those involved and we are very grateful to him for giving up his time in this way."

He said the concert raised more than 10,000 which will be split between the Friends of Birkdale School and a drug rehabilitation centre in Antigua supported by Clapton.

Mr Court said the Friends would use the money to buy musical instruments - particularly starter instruments such as small violins - and IT equipment.

Clapton to play school concert
17 Mar 03 |  England

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