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Ed Sheeran failed music college course

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The singer-songwriter received six F grades from the Academy of Contemporary Music after dropping out to go on tour, a new exhibition reveals.

Ed Sheeran failed his music college course before he went on to global stardom and an estimated wealth of £160 million.

The singer-songwriter’s F grades in all six of his music subjects, including songcraft and professional musicianship, are set out in a letter from the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford in 2010.

The document forms part of a free exhibition, called Ed Sheeran: Made In Suffolk, which opens in Ipswich on Tuesday.

Ed Sheeran exhibition in Ipswich
Memorabilia of Ed Sheeran’s journey to global stardom is on display at a free exhibition in Ipswich (Nicole Dury/PA)

He was invited to be the support act on a tour with Just Jack in 2009 so dropped out to pursue his big break.

A year later he got a letter with his resulting F grades, and told his father and mother, Imogen Sheeran.

Letter
The letter confirming Ed Sheeran failed all his music subjects at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford (Ipswich Borough Council/PA)

“He then rang us to say that he was determined to go on the tour, even if it meant him leaving college.

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“Neither of us were surprised.

Ed Sheeran exhibition in Ipswich
A portrait of the artist …. pictures of Ed Sheeran are among the exhibits (Nicole Dury/PA)

“Imogen and I caught up with him supporting Just Jack at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

“Ed’s soon-to-be manager Stuart Camp was also there.

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“The following August, Ed showed us a letter he received from ACM, which included his final results: Fail for Musicianship and Fail for Songcraft – hardly surprising as he never returned.”

Ed Sheeran exhibition in Ipswich
A 2004 school report descried Ed Sheeran as ‘a natural performer’ (Nicole Dury/PA)

A 2004 school report describes the form 8JE student as a “natural performer”.

The exhibition will run until May next year.

It is free but due to the expected level of demand people are asked to book at www.made-in-suffolk.co.uk/

The exhibition has been timed to coincide with four homecoming concerts in Ipswich.

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