Blues & Soul sensation Jo Harman was blown away by spectacular musical performances, as pupils from across Sussex participated in ‘S'koolFest’, Northbrook College's annual youth talent quest on Wednesday (21st May).
Talented young musicians took to the stage at Worthing Pavilion, with support from students and lecturers from Northbrook's 'Outstanding' Music Department. Northbrook Music students set up the sound and lighting for the night and there were performances from some of the best bands from Davison High School for Girls, Worthing College, Durrington High School, St Andrews High School for Boys and Chatsmore Catholic High School, Steyning Grammar, Dorothy Stringer and Oak Grove College.
Guest judge Jo Harman has just released her BBC recorded 'Live at The Albert Hall' album and is confirmed to play at the Isle of Wight festival this year. She was joined by keyboard player Steve Watts (nominated as 'Blues Keyboard Player of The Year'), Mark Ede of ‘Big I am Management’ and Northbrook Music Performance Course Leader Greg Houghton.
Ede, renowned as being difficult to please, said he was quite literally 'blown away' by the standard of the performances. Harman said that she had witnessed 'great and authentic performances' by all the schoolchildren.
Mike Pailthorpe, creator of S’koolFest, said, “Every year S'koolFest goes from strength to strength and nurtures the next generation of up and coming performers by giving them the opportunity to perform at a professional level and share the stage with professionals and receive prizes that take their talent to the next level. This year’s event was an evening to be proud of for all concerned."
The gig at the Pavilion was the final in a series of heats, with a number of awards given on the night to reward and support talent. A list of prizes is available on the S'koolFest Facebook page.
The event followed the success of last year’s S’koolFest which was judged by Grammy Award winner Frankie Muniz and his band Kingsfoil.