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Student musicians take centre stage at Sage

Music students will be performing at Sage Gateshead in their show ‘Take it to the Bridge’

A regional landmark music venue will host a group of talented performers from Sunderland College as they ‘Take it to the Bridge’ for one night only.

More than 50 music students will be performing at Sage Gateshead next month in a concert that they have helped to devise and organise.

‘Take it to the Bridge’ features six mini shows and a variety of themes – from blues to rock royalty to London Calling, and culminates in an ambitious finale with some special guests.

The students are on a range of music courses at the college, including A-Level, BTEC and Foundation Degree programmes, and have been planning this concert for three months as part of their practical assessment.

Alex Wade, aged 19, is in her final year of her Foundation Degree in Music course and is project managing the show.

She has been involved in all aspects of organising the performance and her responsibilities include marketing, stage managing the show, arranging technical requirements, and preparing students for the performance.

Alex said: “I am feeling very excited about the performance as the music department has a team of excellent musicians ready to put on a great show. Sage Gateshead is a beautiful venue and will be an amazing experience for the students who are not used to large scale performances.

“It is always nice to see students up their game, improve their skills, and see their confidence grow enormously when they are given the opportunity to take part in a professional performance like this. Each year the music department puts on a big show, but I believe ‘Take it to the Bridge’ will be our biggest and best yet with top secret guests.”

Tony Wilson, music lecturer, said: “We are delighted to be returning to such an iconic venue. A live event such as this requires a huge amount of planning and organisation, but the music department has a passion for giving our students the best possible performance experience.

“There are so many extra skills now required to sustain a career in music, and events like this ensure that our learners are equipped with these skills. They gain a greater understanding of marketing, promotion and professionalism, and it’s great fun for them too.”

In the past, Sunderland College music students have performed in large-scale live events at a number of well-known venues such as Newcastle City Hall, The Cluny, The Customs House and have even travelled across the Atlantic twice to perform in New York.

Tony added: “At Sunderland College, we pride ourselves on performing in a massive variety of performance situations. Our students get to work with world-class practitioners and get a real taste of performing in a professional situation. As a result of this type of performance project, many of our students have gone on to organise and promote their own tours using the experiences they have gained while studying at the college.”

‘Take it to the Bridge’ will be performed in Hall Two at Sage Gateshead on Thursday, 2 April at 7pm. Tickets cost £11.50 and are available here.

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