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June 2013 Music Department News

21 Jun 2013


The annual music showcase event was organised by students this year as part of their BTEC Level 3 Music Performance Course. Sarah Mold (Events Manager), Zak Tozer (Technical Manager), Jaouhar Ben Ayed and Sam Mummery (Artistic Directors) were responsible for booking the venue, booking the acts, researching, designing and operating lighting and sound, advertising, ticket sales and the rehearsal process alongside all other responsibilities that arise throughout the process! They were a successful team and learnt a great deal about putting on a live music event. The audience praised the evening and the performers’ skills and by all accounts had a very enjoyable evening. The evening included outstanding performances by the 6th form BTEC music performance group achieving distinctions for their final assessments, a highly challenging performance by Ryker Barrowcliffe on drum kit showing great stamina with Jesus of Suburbia by Green Day, a moving performance by Barbara Harrington with a unique and sensitive vocal and also performances by the Astor College XTREME Harmony group and the percussion group ‘Trash It’ showing how Astor have developed their extra curricular standards over the last year. The Astor College XTREME Harmony group are going on tour from July 25th to July 31st this year to Costa Brava, Spain lead by Ms Stapley and Mr Oliver and have successfully raised over £1000 towards to cost of the tour paying for coach travel and equipment via a Race Night and a World War II concert over the past year. The BTEC performance group also donated all their profit from the live event towards the tour and it is thanks to the success of this event that we were able to secure the payment of the coach transfers for the music tour!


On the music tour we will be performing in 3 outside venues and touring the area with students being encouraged to write their own journals, keep a photo journal and a sketch book of their experience. We will be staying in Tossa De Mar enjoying a glass bottom boat trip on the first morning before our excursion to Girona and our first evening performance in Tossa De Mar. We have included a whole day excursion to Barcelona to explore Parc Guell for the budding artists of the group and Las Ramblas as well as a visit to Sagrada Familia. We have a morning concert in Poble Espanyol followed by a visit to the village and the following day we are letting our hair down at the local Water Park before our final concert in Lloret De Mar. All the attendees are very excited about the tour and we hope it will be the start of a tradition in the music department in the future.

Picture 1 The group!
Picture 2 Parc Guell!
Picture 3 Tossa De Mar – where we are staying.
Picture 4 Sagrada Familia