Showcasing the best of school music talent

Britain's Got Talent finalist Sam Kelly talks to pupils at Stowupland High School.

Britain’s Got Talent finalist Sam Kelly talks to pupils at Stowupland High School.

The stage is set for this week’s West Suffolk Rock and Pop Awards.

Over the past two months, Sam Robson from Industry Education in Music and Britain’s Got Talent Finalist Sam Kelly have been touring schools in the area sharing their knowledge of the music industry.

A band from each school in the project will be hand picked to perform at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds to battle it out for four top accolades.

Awards will be given for best live performance, best image, best musicians and most likely to make it big at the awards night on February 28.

The evening will also feature a headline performance by Sam Kelly.

Sam Robson said: “The workshops have been going great- they have been absolutely brilliant. I know at a lot of schools we have visited, the kids have been filling the music practice rooms every lunchtime. Sam has been great – he has been more involved than we could have hoped for which has really benefited what we are doing. Musically he is very talented and very knowledgeable about the industry.

Those taking part are the Amplitude Project, in Stowmarket, Bury County Upper, Holbrook High, in Ipswich, Mildenhall College, Newmarket College, Stowmarket High and Stowupland High.

Easton and Otley College is sponsoring the event and supporting the ‘Best Live Performance’ prize. Havebury Housing Partnership is sponsoring ‘Best Image’. Suffolk County Council ‘Best Musicians’ and Bury Free Press ‘Most Likely to Make It. ”

Tickets are £5 and are available from the Apex box office on 01284 758000.

Get a sneak peak of the souvenir brochure that will be available to purchase on the night by viewing the pdf here.

Havebury Housing PartnershipEaston & Otley CollegeSuffolk County Council

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