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Band wins national music challenge

Band wins national music challenge

A Blackpool Sixth student band has won the BTEC showstoppers challenge, a national music competition.  The prize is the chance to perform at a major educational event – the Pearson Awards in London on Thursday 6th July 2017.  

Competition judges Paul Webster, Subject Adviser for Performing Arts at Pearson and Zoe Jackson MBE, Founder and Managing Director, of talent agency, Living the Dream, were overwhelmed by the quality of the Blackpool Sixth entry. The students will take centre stage at The Royal Horticultural Halls in Westminster for the live performance.

The band, called SIXX, are all first year BTEC Level 3 Music students.  Band member, Leoni Jane Kennedy, composed the entry song, and the other five – Chloe Moyles, Dan Chettoe, Max Weilding, Will Plunkett, Liam McNaught all contributed to arranging the powerful rock ballad.

The song tells the story of young musicians who have finally discovered their future ambitions and dreams of being performers on the national stage, with ‘screaming fans’ who all know who they are. The lyrics tell the story of this journey, about working hard to carve the pathway to musical and performance success, and despite all the difficulties they and you may face, the song aims to inspire and motivate like minded musicians to work hard and achieve their aspirations.  It also has a wider aspirational message about overcoming difficulty to achieve great things.

The BTEC Level 3 Music qualification at Blackpool Sixth gives students industry experience with the opportunity to perform regularly in gig venues around the Blackpool area for course assessments and to develop employability skills.

BTEC Music tutor, Ash Goodinson said, “We are absolutely thrilled by this achievement. These students already understand the importance that experience, employability and confidence has on their young careers and the course here at Blackpool Sixth is geared to providing the balance between knowledge, skills, analysis and application.”

Leoni said, “We are so excited to travel to London and perform at the national BTEC awards. To be chosen to entertain teachers, students, performers and professionals from all over England is a such great honour.  We just can’t wait to take to the stage.”