Full Marks For Nerve Centre’s Music Hothouse Students

Full Marks For Nerve Centre’s Music Hothouse Students

They've undergone intensive courses, braved renowned stages at Glasgowbury and the Nerve Centre and now SYNC's Music Hothouse and Music City! students have successfully graduated from the programme.
 
Over one hundred young people, aged from 11-18, were awarded certificates for completion of the free five-day scheme as part of Music Promise at a recent graduation ceremony in the Nerve Centre.
 
During the workshops the teens formed bands within their classes and with the guidance of numerous mentors including singer/songwriter, Paddy Nash and Japanese Popstar Gary Curran, gained a vital foundation in singing, songwriting and playing techniques.
 
Those skills were then put to use as each band took on the task of learning several cover versions and composing a fully original song – all inside five days, before performing them at various high-profile venues in front of live audiences.
 

July's eager batch seized the prestigious G Sessions tent as their own at the final Glasgowbury festival, while the August cohort took to the Nerve Centre's own stage, itself once occupied by mammoth acts like Radio One Big Weekend headliners Biffy Clyro.
 
Fifteen-year old Madeleine, who was among those that played Glasgowbury, said: 'It was class! You got to meet loads of new people, see what everyone thought of music and make your own bands.' while Conor, 16, added 'It was a great experience. I met so many new people and it let me develop my creativity with music in a way that I'd never done before. It was a great opportunity that I definitely want to continue.'
 
Marty McGill, music programme manager said: ‘The Nerve Centre was delighted to be able to provide the young musicians with these fantastic performance opportunities that very rarely come around. Working alongside tutors and mentors they received hands-on practical experience and got a taste of what a career in the music industry would actually be like. We look forward to working with them as they prepare for their next big showcase at the CultureTECH festival.’
 
The students are now primed to cement their progress with a showcase at the Glassworks, recent home to RTE's Other Voices, on September 14 in support of highly-tipped Hothouse alumni Vanilla Gloom. The all-female trio graduated from the programme in 2009 and this year have been the talk of the Northern Irish music scene.
 
For full details on how to get involved contact Marty Coyle, programme co-ordinator - m.coyle@nervecentre.org / 028 7126 0562
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