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22nd October 2019

Bands, made up of students from all the music courses at York College, performed their first gig of the year in a special two-day Sound Circus music event in the College’s Alan Ayckbourn Theatre.

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Students from across the breadth of the College’s music courses formed bands especially for the gig,- it was the perfect opportunity for students to showcase their musical talents, playing alongside their peers. The students chose a mixture of songs to perform, and the York College jazz and soul bands had students and staff performing together.

Sound Circus was an open-house for the college community who walked in and out at leisure to hear the different bands. The set-list included well known hits such as Eleanor Rigby by the Beatles, Alone in a Room by Asking Alexandria, Abba’s Mamma Mia, Money by Pink Floyd, The Chain by Fleetwood Mac and Talking Head’s Take me to the River.

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Cameron Casey (formerly of Huntington School) is studying Music Performance and Production Level 2: “Our band played two songs; She’s Electric by Oasis and Mardy Bum by the Artic Monkeys. I didn’t know the songs before we started rehearsing and even though I am a singer, it was great learning to play the basics on drums and guitar. In the future I would like to work in the performance industry.”

A Level music student Izzy Hussey (formerly of Millthorpe School) performed duets with her friend Ed Atkins, playing piano and singing two songs; In case you don’t live forever by Ben Platt and City of Stars from the film La La Land. She said: “To perform in these kind of gigs is an extra bonus on top of my A Level music course. I love being in a class of like-minded students, they are all really great musicians.”

Emily Thorp, Head of Media, Music and Performing Arts at York College said: “Sounds Circus provides a great start to the academic year for all of our music students. It is a great opportunity for them to get to know other musicians in college. The students learn to work together on new music and learn vital performance skills in the process. It is fantastic to see our students enjoying their courses and getting to grips with new material. Through hard work from the staff and students, the end result is great music-making and lots of new musical collaborations.”

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