Talented school students took to the stage at Worthing Pavilion last week, supported by 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, Steyning Grammar, Dorothy Stringer, Blanchington Mill and Oak Grove College.
Joining the judging panel this year were returning heroes High Tyde, who won S’koolFest prizes two years running, and now have had month-long plays on BBC Radio One, touring with Little Comets and Peace, and their own sold out show at The Great Escape last weekend. After the show, they headed straight off to play the Dot to Dot Festival in Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham! Their EP “Fuzz” is available now on iTunes.
With no one winner and a range of prizes which aim to support the development of young talent, students left with their musical passion amplified. This year’s prizes included studio time to record an EP in Northbrook College’s stunning, cutting edge, brand new recording studio facilities, rehearsal time for performers, songwriting master classes with professional musicians, and prestigious performance slots at local festivals and venues.
Local mum, Sarah, whose son, Ethan played in bands Optical and Slater on the night said “Thank you so much…for a brilliantly organised, hugely successful night. The boys had the BEST time!! What a completely fabulous event and we parents loved it too. Everyone's over the moon with their prizes as well. (We) really appreciate all the incredibly hard work Northbrook put in to make it all happen. Long may Skoolfest continue to be part of the local scene! Am lost in admiration for the Northbrook staff and their total dedication”.
Skool’Fest started out as an opportunity for students on Northbrook College’s Live Sound courses to gain valuable work experience. Crews would take the PA system and lights to local schools to run heats and support live music events in the lead up to a showcase of the best school talent at the Pavilion Theatre.
S’koolfest has grown year on year. Not only does it give young musicians and young sound engineers the opportunity to perform on the professional stage Jimi Hendrix played in 1967, it also helps to forge connections with emerging music artists. In 2013, musicians shared the stage with Kingsfoil. Last year, Jo Harman performed and joined the judging panel.
Northbrook music tutors have a wealth of professional music industry experience in Acoustics, Arranging & Scoring, Artist Management, Music Festivals, Songwriting, Artist Production, Composition, Event Management, Library Music, Live Performance, Live Sound, Music for Film, Sound Design and Studio Construction & Maintenance. Northbrook music courses assess students on the skills in self-management to prepare them for a successful career in the music and cultural industries. The College has its own radio station, a record label and promotion company that host regular nights in and around Brighton and Worthing. These businesses are run by students, giving them the opportunity to gain real music industry experience.