On Friday 29th April the Year 13 Music Performance BTEC class put on a charity a gig at The John Peel Centre in Stowmarket that raised money for the St. Elizabeth Hospice. The gig was totally organised by the students themselves as part of their course and they raised £240.61 for the St Elizabeth Hospice. Two bands from the college (Knowledge Bowl and The Full Stop) played a selection of music through the decades and local act - Max Wildwood - headlined.
17 year old Tom Winder helped organise the show. He said, “The John Peel Centre is such a cool venue and we would love to do something like this again in the future.” 17 year old Katharine Wright also played a part in setting up this event. She said, “I was part of a band and we all had to contribute towards marketing. We chose the charity as one of our group had a personal connection to them. The highlight for me was watching people enjoy what we were doing and raising money for a good cause.” Tom and Katharine enjoyed the experience of organising the gig so much that they are now setting up their own music management company and Callum Southgate, who is also studies Music Technology A Level, now volunteers at the centre as a sound technician.
Sophie Johnson, marketing assistant at St Elizabeth Hospice said, “It’s great that One students got behind us. Without the support of the local community we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. It costs millions of pounds a year to run the hospice and we rely on fundraising events just to be able to run our many services for people in Suffolk. I’ve never been to One before and the building is amazing - it will be great to work with the sixth form again in the future. “All in all, it’s important for people to back local charities and we have a busy year ahead for fundraising projects like Pigs Gone Wild and bubble rush for people to get involved in.”
Performing Arts Co-ordinator and Teacher of Music at One, Lois Hinsley, said, “Whilst education is at the heart of what we do, we are keen to ensure our students support the local community as much as possible. “This project was a great example of our students going out of their way to create, manage and then perform at an event that both showcased their talents and raised money for a great local cause.”
The next event in the Performing Arts calendar is 'West End To One' which is on in the performance space on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th June. Tickets are available priced at £5 from the One College Shop.