Young rock stars from Trowbridge and Bath gave one of the best gigs of their lives when they performed before a packed audience of friends and followers.
More than 40 young musicians, who are all members of The Rock Project Bath & Trowbridge, raised the roof at the Roper Theatre in Hayesfield Girls’ School.
Aged from just 7 to 18 the performers attend weekly sessions in The Arc Theatre, Trowbridge and Beechen Cliff School, Bath, where they learn guitar, bass, singing or drums from professional gigging musicians.
The concert is the culmination of a year’s work where they get to rehearse and perform the music they love in a band.
Organiser Mike Aris said, “This was our fourth annual end-of-year gig and was undoubtedly our best yet because the atmosphere was just electric. The standard of performance from all of our students was excellent – many of whom had never performed publicly before – and the positive feedback from parents and friends has been overwhelming.
“It was a great experience for our young students who worked so hard preparing for the concert and they really produced a night to remember.”
The students took to the stage in a variety of bands, duos, trios and acoustic sets. The gig included an acoustic ukulele group performing the Vance Joy song Riptide and a selection of duos playing Lewis Capaldi hits, while even the tutors themselves brought the audience to its feet with a fun-filled performance of Britney Spear’s Hit Me Baby One More Time.
The concert saw a wide range of rock classics performed on stage, including tracks from The Cure, AC/DC, Foster the People and The Beatles.
Student of the Year awards were also presented to students from both schools who constantly rehearsed and improved their musical skills. The winners are James Hierons (Bath juniors), Eli Amor (Bath seniors), Dennis Simenov (Trowbridge juniors) and Robyn Smith (Trowbridge seniors).