College bands perform at the HMV Institute

After negotiating appalling weather and driving conditions, Inside Indigo [Aimee Mackenzie, Hannah Rixon, Jess Holland & Kiera Fife] and Time Will Tell [Ben Gillan, Kris Masters, Ollie Vanotzzi, Sam Gallop & Will Hearne] arrived in Birmingham with just enough time to spare for a short sound check before the doors opened. Fifteen bands from across the country - from Tyneside to Wales, from Leicester to Sheffield, had been selected via the Regional Finals to perform at this event. Alton College was the only school or college or regional music centre that was represented by two bands.
 
Performances included many soul bands, old school metal, a quirky girl duo and an impressive trio from Wales.
 
At the end of the evening, three industry professionals adjudicated each of the bands - they were very complimentary about Inside Indigo, commenting on the four part harmony, amazing original composition, inclusion of the violin in their performances and the fact that they were doing something different to everybody else. Of Time Will Tell, they were impressed by the tightness of the performance, the communication with the audience and the fact that they looked like they were having fun.
 
The adjudicators then presented awards: an award for the excellence of performance - one of which went to Time Will Tell, and an award for the excellence of original composition - one of which went to Inside Indigo. Decisions as to which bands will be invited to perform in the Royal Albert Hill in November, will be made at a later date and we have our fingers crossed. What an excellent result for the young musicians!
 
Earlier in the day, the Alton College Jazz Band performed at the opening ceremony of the local schools Olympic event at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth. Jess Holland - a member of Inside Indigo, had written the anthem for the event which was performed by the ACJB as the competitors processed round the track. After the performance - Jess and the ACJB dashed back to Alton so that Jess could catch the next coach to Birmingham. Our Sports Leaders were also involved in the Olympic event with the schools. A busy but extremely rewarding day!