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The Crossing hosts six schools in Rock & Pop Gala

What a stunning and powerful night at The Crossing! South & City College Birmingham’s Digbeth campus was proud to host a gala of amazingly talented young performers from six local schools of rock and pop. Well done, superstars!

For many students this was their first time performing a real gig, but the young performers got the full song and dance support from our Digbeth team. Thanks to our Level 3 Music Production students there was a professional tech set-up for the event with stage lighting and full rehearsals to prepare for the grand finale – a 90-strong audience full of proud parents and family!

Thank you to our Rock & Pop school superstars! From joyous singalongs like Happy by Pharrell Williams to amp-ramping decibel smashers like Plug-in Baby by Muse, the gala featured over 30 performers aged 12-16 from:

  • Bournville School
  • Plantsbrook School
  • Washwood Heath Academy
  • King Edwards School for Girls Northfield
  • Queensbridge School
  • University of Birmingham School

These amazing Birmingham ensembles are organised by Services for Education’s Music Services (SFE), who deal with around 75 schools on a weekly basis as part of their noble goal to make music education more accessible to students in and around Birmingham.

Charlotte Buxton, Deputy Head of Music Service at Services for Education, said of the gala:

I just wanted to formally say a huge thank you to Nils Edstrom, Lecturer of Music (HE), and the team at Digbeth for making our Rock and Pop Gala such a success.  I’ve had some fabulous feedback from schools, young musicians, parents and carers about the professional and friendly support the college provided for each group.

“Thank you for being so flexible and catering to the individual needs of every group and dealing with anything that was thrown at you last minute with a smile.

“Every single member of the South & City team was incredibly friendly, helpful and supportive and it was just a lovely atmosphere to come in to.”

Music has the power to uplift and bond, and any opportunity for the college to bring up new musicians in our community is one we must take. We know many of these young stars loved what they saw at Digbeth and we hope to welcome them to our college in the future.

Nils Edstrom, Lecturer of Music (HE), said: “It was a lovely event with some extremely talented young musicians and singers. I’d like to thank all of our team that dealt with students and staff from all of our schools and for Services for Education.

“Stay tuned – we already have another guitar day event with SFE in May and have already pencilled in dates for next year.”

Careers in music are creatively rewarding and lead to hugely exciting opportunities. How about a Music Production course at a college with state-of-the-art recording studios? With staff that have real music industry experience? Check out our Music courses at South & City College Birmingham’s Digbeth campus.