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Sounds of the 70s for Help the Heroes

The hits of the 1970s were brought to life by BTEC Music students when they staged a concert to raise money for the Help the Heroes charity.

Tracks from Bob Marley, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Stealers Wheel, Herbie Hancock, Simon and Garfunkel, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Queen, John Lennon, Bill Withers and many more rang out from the College’s theatre to give the audience a superb night of music.

Devised and produced by upper sixth students on the Music Performance and Music Technology BTEC courses, the 1970s themed evening was a sell-out and a huge success – raising a grand total of £164 for Help the Heroes. This charity was founded in 2007 to provide direct, practical support for wounded, injured or sick servicemen and women and their loved ones.

On the night, one audience member said: “I would definitely come back again. That was a great night. The vocals and music sounded amazing, really high quality.”

All aspects of putting on the concert, including marketing, ticketing, front of house, backstage, technical and management were organised by the students with support from staff including Chris Donnelly, Alex Baines, Claire Spearing, John Crossley and Mark Brogden.

Music Tutor Chris said: “This was the first time the students have organised a gig themselves and they did a great job.”

Music Performance student Malaika Mkhosi said: “It made me really proud to see how far I have come since I started College.”

The students are now practising for a lunchtime Christmas concert which will be held on Tuesday 20th December in the College theatre.