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‘Blown away by talent’ as students sing the blues

A concert by BTEC Music students really had the audience Feeling the Blues with a selection of jazz band numbers and much loved songs sung from the heart.

Students entertained a packed college theatre with a varied programme of blues and blues influenced music on Thursday 9th November with one visitor saying they were ‘blown away by the talent’ on show.

The upper sixth Music Performance students organised all elements of the gig, ably co-ordinating Music Technology students on the sound and lighting desks. Students did all announcements, setup and front of house duties themselves and the whole evening was a great success. 

Part One included tracks such as Night Train, Stolen Moments and Watermelon Man by the College’s Jazz Band, as well as the popular Rolling in The Deep (Adele) and the modern blues-influenced tracks You Know I’m No Good (Amy Winehouse) and Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis Presley), brilliantly sung by students on the Music Performance course.

Highlights of Part Two included cover versions of blues standards such as Drown In My Own Tears and Stormy Monday, as well as the classic rocking bluesy track Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin. 

BTEC Music Tutor Chris Donnelly said: “It was a fantastic gig, the students did very well. Enrichment groups were also involved - the college jazz band and the college contemporary music enrichment group both made a great contribution to the evening. As usual, able assistance was provided by Alex Baines our theatre and music technician, and we even made over £120 from ticket sales for our College charities.”

One audience member said: “It was an excellent evening – very professional indeed.”

And another said: “I was blown away by the talent! Amazing musicians and singers who were all so confident and looked like they were having fun. There was some great music and the vibe was really good. It was a very entertaining evening.”

The concert also provided a sneak preview of one of the songs from Sister Act in a promotion for the forthcoming College musical which is on in the theatre from 12th - 14th December. Tickets are available from Finance for £5.