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Lichfield students celebrate musical project with Garrick performance

The Lichfield Garrick theatre

The Lichfield Garrick theatre

A group of young people in Lichfield have been showcasing their musical talents at the Lichfield Garrick.

Aged between 11 and 18, the group from The Bridge Centre – a school for students across Lichfield and Burntwood who have emotional or behavioural difficulties – took to the stage as part of a celebration of their work with music charity Make Some Noise.

The youngsters have been working with professional musicians Jonny Amos and James Stanley to create music with technology.

“Working with these young people has been inspirational,” Jonny said. “During one of our workshops we experienced one of the most advanced jam sessions we’ve ever had in a school. It was more than a jam session – it was like a pre-production session in a studio. It was a clear sign of major progression.

“The performance at the Garrick Theatre was a true sign of both musical and social progression. The students worked hard to overcome their nerves and really put on a fantastically well-rehearsed set.

“It was the kind of day that will be remembered fondly for many years to come.”

As well as learning about song writing, music interpretation and the use of technology in music, the students have also been working towardstheir Bronze Level Arts Award.

Susan Kulas, Headteacher at The Bridge Centre, added: “Make Some Noise have been a truly inspirational opportunity for our students, many of whom have incredible talent, previously untapped.

“The chance to perform at a location such as the Garrick Theatre in Lichfield was a huge boost to their confidence and hopefully a step towards a future which is brighter.

“The Make Some Noise team have worked hard to develop skills both musically and personally within the students and we hope to continue our working relationship in years to come.”

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