There are a range of activities for everyone to get involved with at Suffolk One – whether you study music or performing arts subjects or ones across the college!
There are many performances held throughout the college year that students can get involved in and also for the ‘general public’ to come and watch. Tickets are available leading up to the larger performances to purchase online from the One College Shop and you can find more information on our Facebook page and Twitter feeds in the lead up to them.
As well as larger performances such as the college production, BTEC Performing Arts showcase and music concerts we also have ‘exam performances’ where students perform their exam work in dance, drama, performing arts and music subjects to selective audiences.
We run a vast array of courses including A-levels in Music, Music Technology, Drama and Dance and vocational courses in Music Performance and Performing Arts.
We are currently in the process of upgrading our recording studio to have state-of-the-art industry standard equipment for our music technology students to utilise.
To give you a ‘flavour’ of what do at Suffolk One, here are a selection of the performance events that were held over the past year:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream - This was the college production this year and was very well-received. It incorporated elements of music, dance and drama and was a real spectacle to behold!
The Winter and Spring Music Concerts – These are open to anyone to take part in and feature solo and group items, as well as college ensembles, such as Big Band, Covers Band and One Voice.
Dance Evening – A showcase evening of the work that happens in dance across the BTEC and A-level courses.
West End To One – Two evenings of musical theatre celebrating the work of our BTEC Extended Diploma Performing Arts students.
Music On The Bridge – happens fortnightly on a Friday lunchtime in the college atrium. It is run by the music students and gives them experience of performing, organising and sound-engineering an event.
Music Technology students are also encouraged to get involved with doing live sound for the concerts and college production as work experience is crucial to developing the skills needed to get on in this industry.
Year 13 Music Performance students have worked with The John Peel Centre in Stowmarket this year to develop their marketing, promotion and performing skills. They did a fantastic job and their gig in April was a huge success.
We also provide students with the opportunities to attend live performance trips such as classical music concerts, musicals – both locally and in the West End, and ones in an area of interest such as the Music Production Show at the Emirates Stadium which our music technology students attend each year.
There is always something happening in performing arts and music and we are extremely proud of our diverse range of performance events and trips that we have each year.
There are even more events than the ones listed above so please keep an eye on the college website and social media to keep up-to-date with the latest news.
At One as part of our Music and Performing Arts we have some exciting events and groups for students to be part of.
INSTRUMENTAL / SINGING LESSONS
Whilst studying at One students have the opportunity to partake in private instrumental and singing lessons with our private instrumental teachers.
Lessons will be available for the following:-
- Upper strings
- Woodwind (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone or Bassoon)
- Drum kit
- Electric Guitar/Acoustic Guitar/Bass guitar
Lessons are available to both students taking music courses and to those taking other courses in the college. Teachers will accept total beginners as well as more advanced players. Students need to have their own instruments to practice on at home and be able to bring them in (unless of course they play the drum kit or piano, in which case they can use the college’s ones for their lessons). You can hire certain instruments from music shops such as Balaam’s Music in Bury St. Edmunds.
Lessons are arranged during a student’s study periods or where this is not possible during a lunch break, subject to the availability of our tutors. This is to ensure that instrumental lessons do not impact on their academic studies.
For £150 a term students will receive ten individual 30 minute lessons over a period of ten weeks. Payment is due at the start of each term and lessons will not begin until payment is received. If students wish to stop having lessons they must give one half-term’s written notice.
Groups to Join
Monday - Big Band 12.30-1.10
Tuesday - Rehearsal for the production/student bands 12.30-1.10
Wednesday - Music Theory Club 12.30-1.10
Thursday - Covers Band 12.30-1.10
Friday - Music On The Bridge (fortnightly) 12-1pm
Dates to Note
Please see a full list of events here
Suffolk One TV
Great videos of student performances and concerts can be viewed on our YouTube channel Suffolk One TV https://www.youtube.com/user/SuffolkOneTV