- 09/02/12 - Fantastic Evening from Strode Live Musicians
A group of musically talented students from Strode College came together recently to perform a fantastic evening of acoustic music in Street Parish Church, raising £350 for the college Gambia Project.
The concert was unusual in combining the sounds of orchestral instruments with singer-songwriter performances including vocals, double bass and mandolins.
Highlights from the evening included the performance of popular trio 'Reinstate Sarah' with their original songs augmented by a string trio; and performances of the Foo Fighter's song 'Stranger Things Have Happened' and a song from the film 'Once'.
The event was organised by students on Strode's Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music as part of their 'Strode Live' project.
Music Tutor Daniel Shaw said: "Everyone had a great evening. Every seat was filled and there was a lovely atmosphere. The students enjoyed balancing themselves acoustically in the wonderful space. We are grateful to Diana Greenfield Curate at Street Parish Church for allowing our students to perform in the church."
The Strode College Gambia Project, which began in 2005, raises funds for youth and nursery facilities in the rural village of Tujereng in the Gambia.
Bill Scott, Head of Student Support Services at Strode will be taking a group of students to the Gambia in February. He said: "What a fantastic evening. It was a real showcase in the community for our students. From the front of house to the camera crew and the performers - it was a real credit to the College. Everyone I spoke to thoroughly enjoyed it. Well done to the team."
The students are planning the next 'Strode Live' event which will take place in Strode Theatre on Friday 20 April. It will celebrate the local music scene, drawing in many successful past Strode performers as well as current ones.