Music students perform best of the 80s

Talented music students from New College Durham transported a captivated audience back to the 80s at the Gala Theatre, in a thrilling live performance last week.

First and second year BTEC Level 3 Music students from New College Durham performed Hits and Hairdos II – It was Acceptable in the 80s, a live music show where they showcased classic songs from the 1980s from new romantic, synth-pop, heavy metal, to indie and blue-eyed soul.  The performance was part of their end of year assessment.

19-years-old music student Victoria Muir, from Consett, was one of the lead singers and also played the piano.  She said: “I’ve always been interested in music.  The live performances are a great experience and they prepare you for working in the industry and help you to decide what you want to do in the future.”

Victoria is planning to progress to the foundation degree in Root and Popular Music at New College Durham in September and hopes to become a professional backing singer

16-year-old music student Thomas Lee from High Pittington, played the drums, he said: “The show was really good.  The live performances show how professional we need to be and what we can achieve if we hard work.  The music course at New College Durham is excellent:  When I looked around other places before coming here, nothing compared to the high spec music facilities New College Durham has.” 

Thomas already plays in a rock band.  He would also like to progress to the foundation degree in Root and Popular Music at New College Durham and then teach music.

Chris Cowan, Curriculum Manager for Music at New College Durham, said: “The standard of our live performances far surpass what you would expect Level 3 students to produce.  Our musicians gain so many more skills from performing live on stage than they would being assessed in an exam hall.”


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