25th October 2018
Pop, rock, metal, indie and soul groups made up of music students studying both A Level and Vocational courses at York College showcased their talents during a two-day Sound Circus performance in the College’s Alan Ayckbourn Theatre.
Demonstrating the students' diverse range of musicianship, they covered songs from a variety of artists including; Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars, The Police, James Bay, Fleetwood Mac, Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse, The Jackson 5, The Clash, The Fratellis, Fall Out Boy, X-Ray Spex, Marvin Gaye, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Who, Rainbow, James Morrison and The Beatles.
Norwegian student Alia Bosnes is a vocalist and pianist who performed Melanie Martinez’s ‘Toxic’, ‘Ironic’ by Alanis Morissette and ‘The way you used to do’ by Queens of the Stoneage. Alia studies the Level 3 Diploma in Music Performance and Production and she thoroughly enjoyed the process of putting on a gig with so many different bands, saying: “It’s been lots of fun and a steep learning experience too. I had not realised how hard it is to work out rehearsal schedules and other related problems. Performing is the best bit but it doesn’t happen without a lot of other work on the side lines.”
Sixteen year old Charlie Edwards (formerly of York High School) is a bass and electric guitarist studying the Music Performance and Production Extended Diploma. His group performed an Indie/Rock set: ‘I Bet you Look Good on the Dance Floor’ by the Artic Monkeys, ‘Live Forever’ by Oasis and ‘The East Side’ by Khalid. He said: “I’ve performed small gigs before, but nothing on this scale. This is all about teamwork and not just looking after yourself from a performance point of view. I am new to the College and this has been a really great way to make new friends and really get stuck into my course.”
Music tutor Rachel Davies said: "Our students have worked hard developing their performance skills to prepare for Sound Circus, the first big Music Department performance of the academic year. For many of the first year students Sound Circus is the first large-scale gig they have performed in, so it is an exciting challenge. This opportunity to work together intensively helps create a great sense of community at the beginning of the year, which will support their future success on the course."