Earlier in February, the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, began a three-day visit to England with a series of engagements in Birmingham. The last event of the day saw security staff and Music Technology students of South & City College manage all of the production and security.
His last engagement of the day was to meet trustees and staff of the Birmingham Irish Association and older members of the Irish community, at St Anne’s Hall in Digbeth. Students managed all of the staging, lighting and sound production for all of the entertainment, which included two traditional Irish bands, a school choir and the President’s speech.
Max Williams, Level 3 Music Production student, raved about event, “It was a great experience to be part of a professional set-up for such a high profile event. It’s just one of the many opportunities I have been offered by the college to add to my CV. I hope to work on more events like this.”
Chief Executive of the Birmingham Irish Association, Maurice Malone thanked the College for their involvement saying, “It was a fantastic day. Both the security, together with Grant Smith and his students, were an absolute credit to the College. They went over and beyond to help the event not only tick along, but made the venue a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone who attended.”