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Bands from College’s across Wales arrived at Pembrokeshire College on Friday ready to make their mark on the music world as they took to the stage as part of the Skills Wales Popular Music Competition.
Part of WorldSkills UK, ten bands from five colleges each performed three songs to a packed theatre. To heighten the pressure, a panel of industry experienced judges were scoring each band on a number of criteria including: musicality and technical accuracy; stagecraft and awareness; ensemble skills; arrangement and selection; and market awareness and originality.
In their bid to take home the Popular Music Competition winner’s trophy, each band had just twenty minutes to set-up, sound check and perform three songs which could be either covers or original tracks.
As the day progressed the judges and audience were treated to an eclectic mix of musical genres from pop to electric, ska and heavy rock with some standout performances and real musical talent shining through.
The unenviable task of judging went to industry experts: professional singer Molara Awen; singer and composer, Caryl Parry-Jones; music producer Jethro Chaplin; and owner of Musicians World, Aaron Williamson.
Winners on the day were ‘Working on it’, a pop music band from Coleg y Cymoedd, Pembrokeshire College ska band ‘MOKSI’ came a close second and heavy rock band ‘White Dove’ from Coleg Cambria picked up the third place trophy.
This is the first time that Pembrokeshire College have hosted the competition which proved to be a huge success with over 300 students and staff dropping in throughout the day to watch the performances and support the bands.
Pembrokeshire College Music Technology Lecturer, Tim Lambert commented: “We were thrilled to be chosen as the hosts for this competition which gives students a real opportunity to put into practise skills that they will need if they choose to enter the music industry. Hosting the competition meant that it wasn’t only our performers who got to practise their skills but those looking to pursue back stage careers also got to test their knowledge in putting on a live show looking after both sound and lighting as well as making sure the bands made it to the stage on time.”
Tim continued: “We would like to thank all of the colleges who took the time to travel to Pembrokeshire for the competition as well as our panel of judges who gave their time for free and Musicians World and D’Addario for donating the prizes.”
Skills Wales competitions form part of the WorldSkills UK initiative designed to promote the importance of developing a highly-skilled workforce and aim to boost high level skills in Wales.
Want to find out where your learning journey could take you? Come along to Pembrokeshire College’s Open Evening on Wednesday 26th April from 5pm. See more at: pembrokeshire.ac.uk/courses