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Reading music students storm the stage at annual showcase

Reading College’s talented music students performed their own material, as well as some old favourites, at their end of year show at a popular town centre venue on 29 and 30 May.


Sixteen acts played over two nights at the Face Bar, Reading, to a supportive and enthusiastic audience of families, friends and teachers.


Chase Jones, a Level 3 Year 2 Music student played with Tuesday headliners Funeral for a Manikin. Chase said:


“It’s cool to perform with a band and I think that we are more experienced now as musicians than we were the year before. It’s good to gauge the reaction of the crowd, especially when it comes to our original songs. We can see what pumps people up, and we can draw energy from the crowd.”


Her bandmate, Angel Holcroft, was excited to be playing with his friends. When asked how the Music pathway had helped him, Angel said:


“It’s taught me how to be in a band, how to keep time and to keep on top of everything. It’s improved my playing and I’m more creative.”


Mike Bandoni, Reading’s Faculty Manager for Creative Arts explained why the annual music  showcase is important:


“This is a chance for students to cut the apron strings - so to speak - and play in a working music club away from the college, and to also show them what they can expect from a real world venue.


Staff grade performances, but we also film them so that the students can also assess themselves.”


The music department would like to thank Sharon Northmore and her team at the Face Bar for their continued support for the students and their work. We very much look forward to presenting more of our students’ work there.