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Young musicians follow in legends’ footsteps

Talented students from the Academy of St Francis of Assisi (ASFA) played a sold out gig at Liverpool’s most iconic music venue, The Cavern Club.

With acts such as The Beatles, Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Adele, The Rolling Stones and The Who having all performed on the iconic stage, it was a real honour for the students to perform at the same venue as such celebrated acts.

Organised by the ASFA music department, led by head of music Jay Bradley, ‘Live at the Cavern’ was an evening of great music featuring bands and acts from the Academy.

Over 75 students took part in the show across all year groups from Years 7 to 11.

Performances came from the Academy’s band ‘Vocalize’, drum ensemble ‘Stix’, a Year 7 body percussionist, bands from Years 8, 9 and 10 and fantastic soloists including Candice Ranario, Rhys Johnston and Lisa Mhagrh.
Students performed a range of genres including pop, hip-hop, classical and RnB.

The Liverpool venue was full to capacity as parents, teachers, governors and invited guests watched students take to the stage.

Tickets were priced at £5 with all money raised going directly back in to the music department to fund future projects and opportunities for students.

Head of music, Jay Bradley said: “I wanted to give students a taste of a real gig venue and what better than a venue at the heart of the Liverpool music scene – The Cavern Club!

“I hired the live lounge and we had 75 students performing. This included solo acts, bands, a drum corps ensemble and the choir. The repertoire included pop, grime, hip-hop, classic Beatles, classical and RnB!

“The night was a huge success and off the back of it Educate Awards has asked us to be part of the evening’s entertainment in 2018.

“I am one very proud head of music. The students were fantastic and all the hard work rehearsing paid off!”

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