The biggest music festival in town is almost upon us, with this year’s Humber Street Sesh running from Friday evening on 2 August to late Saturday night on 3 August, showcasing 200 bands and acts over two days on 14 music stages. Wilberforce Sixth Form College is sponsoring The Youth Stage which will be hosting performances from some of the region’s finest young performers from 12 noon on the Saturday, and can be found on the corner of Queen Street and Wellington Street.
Lewis Marrow, who teaches on the Music Performance Course, tells us why this is such a great opportunity for our students to perform on or help out at the Youth Stage:
“Wilberforce College has been and continues to be committed to supporting, educating and encouraging our students to excel both in the class room and outside of it. We are proud to be part of Hull’s music scene and to be a pivotal player in supporting young musicians today so they can become the professional musicians of the future.
Our Music Performance course is tailored to meet the needs of actual vocational work in the music industry. Our bands have been gigging non-stop around Hull venues for a full year in preparation for this and we are immensely proud to show you just what talented singers, songwriters, and musicians are coming out of the classrooms at our college.
We’ve even started our own Record Label – Ronno Records – to release our students’ music on all major platforms and streaming sites.”
Our sponsorship of the Youth Stage at Humber Street Sesh, together with our collaboration with Freedom Road Creative Arts, a fantastic organisation of Musicians and Youth workers, has helped us create a performance space at the festival which will host amazing young talent and give them a platform from which they can become future headline acts of this and many festivals to come. From acoustic to metal, punk to rock, our students are thrilled to have this chance to perform to a large crowd.
College Principal, Colin Peaks, commented:
“Wilberforce Sixth Form College is delighted to be sponsoring the Youth Stage. We encourage all our performance students to gain as much live experience as they can, and by supporting the Youth Stage we can provide young performers from across the region with an audience for the day. It is also a brilliant opportunity for many of our students to get involved behind the scenes at a music festival. Our dance, drama, music and media courses have 100% pass rates and experiences like this ensure our graduates are even more employable.”