HNC’s Applied Music Performance students from across Year 12 and 13 have recently taken part in an end of year music showcase where they performed a range of contemporary and classic tunes in their own unique style to a packed out audience in the College’s Boilerhouse Theatre.

Students studying Music Performance at HNC have plenty of opportunities throughout their time at College to develop their musical talents and hone their stage presence through a variety of performances. The annual end of year showcase is a culmination of the year’s hard work, and is an opportunity for the Applied Music students to perform in front of a packed audience of parents, carers and friends. This end of year music showcase, held in the College’s professional level Boilerhouse Theatre, allows Applied Music students to genuinely experience performing in a live show, preparing them for their next steps and providing an insight into the work that goes into hosting a live musical experience.

This year’s show included a mix of performances from solo artists, duos and a range of bands, who performed a variety of genres, from pop and rock music to R&B and Drum n’ Bass, re-arranging popular songs and pieces into unique compositions that wowed the audience. On the night, there were some incredible vocal performances, and students played a mix of instruments including the piano, drums, and bass and electric guitars. Bands including Guess and Hafsa and the Emos were particularly well received on the night, playing seamlessly together as groups, including an engaging back and forth with the audience during of their songs.

The Year 13 performances on the night formed part of the students’ final grades, as these performances are assessed. Playing live is an integral part of the Applied Music course and is an important part of preparing our musical students for their next steps after College, as many will go on to a related university course or career. James Dash, Teacher of Music, comments “Our annual end of year Music Showcase is something that I always look forward to. It is a genuine celebration of a year of hard work where my students develop their musical talent and their stage presence, and it is wonderful to see how much they have grown throughout their time with us. For our Year 12 students this is one of many performances where they can hone their talent, but for our Year 13 students this forms an integral part of their assessment and therefore their final grade, and they can all be incredibly proud of their performance on the night. Performing in live shows in front of an audience genuinely prepares our students, many of whom plan to progress as musicians, for their future careers, and I would like to thank all of our students who contributed to the night.”

You can view a gallery of images from the evening below.

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