College bands impress judges

Student bands Time Will Tell and Inside Indigo won the chance to perform at the HMV Institute in Birmingham as part of Music for Youth's National Festival. At the recent Music for Youth Regional Festival at Taunton's College, Southampton, adjudicator Richard Strange was glowing in his feedback to both bands. This will be a fantastic opportunity for the young College musicians to perform in a bigger arena to a wider audience.

Two years ago, recognising that rock musicians/popular musicians learn differently to the more 'classically' trained musicians, we set up - as part of our Enrichment activities - a Live Music workshop where students get together, form bands and play to each other. Last year, for the first time, the course was certificated with a vocational qualification; the RSL Level 3 Music Practitioners Certificate which carries UCAS points.

This popular course, which is open to any student in College, has been hugely successful not only with the success of Time Will Tell and Inside Indigo but also with second year band Duel Axe Attak, who, at the recent Solent Sounds Festival, impressed the judges and won a gig at The Joiners Arms in Southampton.

If you are interested in hearing any of the above bands play, then get to Oakfest - the RSL Level 3 Music Practitioners Certificate final assessment gig - at the Royal Oak in Hollywater [GU35 9AF] on Saturday 26th May.

If you are young rock musician, you may be interested in our rock school for 11-16 year olds on Tuesday evenings from 4.30-6.30.  For further information, check out our community clubs.