A singer-songwriter likened to John Lennon thanks music teacher who inspired him

By Jill Dando News

Alex Lipinski has thanked his former teacher of Priory Community School Academy in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset for inspiring him and countless others to a passion for music.

He has now given a signed portrait photo to the school which will go in the atrium along with those of other former alumni.

Alex attended Priory from 1999-2004, while his brother Adam was at the school from 1990-1995.

Alex has performed in Berlin, New York and Kraków since leaving Somerset for Soho, and has been likened to world stars such as John Lennon, Roy Orbison, Elvis and his hero Bob Dylan.

He has even played in the home of Oasis star Liam Gallagher.

Alex said: “Our music teacher at Priory, Lois Scriven, was an incredible person who inspired myself and countless other students in having a real love and passion for music. 

“She taught us to work hard, dream big and set high standards in order to fulfil our potential. I’ll be forever grateful for her passion, desire and dedication to her students and to her subject.”

Alex and Adam gig frequently together at venues all across the UK and have received great acclaim for their original music, as well as their delivery of classic songs from the 60s to modern day. 

Adam also composed the music for the successful Sky TV series ‘The Cafe’, written by former PCSA student Michelle Terry, an Olivier award winning actress and writer, and now artistic director at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Adam and Alex also have a sister, Teresa, a musician in her own right, and another brother, Ryszard, who also attended PCSA.

PCSA Principal Angelos Markoutsas said: “Alex clearly has a phenomenal talent and a glittering career ahead of him. He will be a real inspiration to others and in our school where his portrait will be seen for years to come.”

Neville Coles, CEO of The Priory Learning Trust, said: “Alex always showed huge ambition to go with his considerable talent. 

“He was also very determined to get to the top of his profession and we are delighted for his success.”

In a review Rock ‘n’ Reel Magazine said: “Alex Lipinski channels the best tones of John Lennon and Roy Orbison and makes them his own. His writing is crisp, confessional and superb” –

Mick Taylor of Guitarist Magazine said: “Lipinski’s future looks bright. He’s got the voice, the songs, and youth on his side” 

to Krakow, Berlin and New York, since he first left Somerset to become a crucial habitué of Soho’s legendary, lost 12-Bar Club. He has followed in the footsteps of his hero Dylan to write in the Chelsea Hotel, and sung songs in the home of an admiring Liam Gallagher, who is a firm champion.