Commercial Music Students Perform Live ‘Conflict and Peace’
The evening of Wednesday 16th October saw the first live performance for our brand new level two music course, Commercial Music. The qualification is aimed at developing students’ music industry-based skills, which includes performance, song-writing and research, so the event was a great way to showcase the songs they have been developing over the past seven weeks. The theme of the evening was ‘Conflict and Peace’ and students’ repertoires reflected the issues that can be found in relationships and current affairs.
For many of the students, this was the first time they had performed to an audience, so it was great to see so many of their family members and friends turn-out to support them. Shalom Shumbambiri, Alisha Nicolaou, Kirsten Page and Amber Nuttall opened the show with two beautiful interpretations of ‘Stay With Me’ by Sam Smith and ‘Make You Feel My Love’ by Adele that incorporated three-part harmonies and solo sections from each singer.
After excellent performances from Miya Quinn, Megan Jenkins, Lucy Williams, Phoebe Halsey, Millie Barber and Maddie Halliwell, a group took to the stage to perform an original song written by Emily Smith called ‘Language is a Virus’; it was brilliant to hear a live band arrangement of a song created by a student in the class.
The evening soon ramped up to raucous bands who rocked the stage with ‘You Give Love A Bad Name’ and ‘Paint It Black’; consisting of shredded guitar solos from Ben Lucas and thumping drums from Toby Ward, backed-up by solid bass and guitar playing by Jack Sanderson and Dom Hayman. The event concluded with Toby Arnold, Ethan Hill, Theo Quick, Arun Hodges and Sophie Jacques who performed an eclectic mix of songs; ‘I Predict a Riot’ and ‘Going Underground’, which showcased some excellent front-person stage presence from both Sophie and Arun. It was a great evening with many students feeling a real ‘buzz’ from performing on stage and receiving positive comments from their families and peers. A big thank you to Frances Stewart, Tia Halliwell, Zack Charlton-Bennett, Kiera Page and Mr Cain who all supported with backstage, photographs and filming during the evening.
Miss Doe, Team Leader of Music