17th Jan, 2019

Bromsgrove Rock School showcases its skills at its second concert

Tristan Harris 12th Dec, 2017 Updated: 13th Dec, 2017

BROMSGROVE Rock School showcased its skills on Saturday.

The event, at St John’s Middle School, featured a variety of acts and genres of music.

FOSI opened the show with three songs, including a light-hearted version of Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars entitled ‘Jeff the Chicken’.

Freya and Storm created some delightful harmonies during their cover of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing before Nathan, Peter Jack and Matt did the first of their two sets. They proved they were solid musicians and Matt’s drum solos were particularly impressive. Singer Nathan proved himself an able lead vocalist on Black Honey but needed to choose more songs which suited his vocal range.

Margaux, Harry and Jake performed Nirvana’s Lithium and The Killers’ Smile Like You Mean It (with Storm joining them on the latter). Harry and Jake were sound on drums and guitar respectively. Margaux had a nervy start and her voice was a bit quiet to begin with but she found her feet and confidence for The Killers number.

Dylan and Jack’s rendition of Bloodstream by Ed Sheeran was given a good reception from the crowd but the performance of the night was Freya and Jack’s version of Christmas classic Fairytale of New York which both closed and stole the show.

Bromsgrove Rock School was launched by Dragon Music (Brian Hoggard) in April 2017 and weekly sessions are held on Saturday mornings at St John’e Middle School.

Young people aged between eight and 18 form bands and work towards a gig at the end of each term. This was the second gig after the first one in July.

A total of £84 was raised on the evening for the David Morgan Trust after suggested £2 donations were provided by the audience.

The trust was created by the late David Morgan who was a Bromsgrove District Councillor for 16 years. He taught English, history and music and set the trust up when he retired in 1978 so it could help young people who want to study music.

The David Morgan Trust funded the setting up of the Bromsgrove Rock School so members want to give something back for the help it initially received.

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