Silver Stage Music by Charlotte Hawkins

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I got chosen to participate in the TICE silver stage, this included getting off school timetable for two days and doing workshops and having tours of music venues.

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Today we visited ‘the loft’ recording studio located 5 minutes from Monument metro station in Newcastle and we were joined by a small group of participants from two other schools which were George Stephenson and John Spence High school and had a short tour around the venue. After this we sat down and had talks by a number of people from different businesses about the other sides of music and from their perspective.  Firstly we spoke too man called Andrew from Loft he talked to us about the financial side after this we spoke to Jo and Ged from Generator and they talked to us about starting out within the music industry.

CharlotteThen in the afternoon we went to the o2 Academy in Newcastle which is a popular concert venue in the heart of Newcastle. We got a tour around the venue and a look behind the stage and got to go on the stage too.

Day 2;

Today we went to the Sage Gateshead to do some vocal movement workshops. A girl who works there called Kitty gave us a tour of the venue and talked about its history and how it was formed and then we were joined by some level 3 music students from Gateshead College Jamie, Sarah and Emily and we did some vocal activities.  We learnt 2 songs and we practised them, after this we got told we were going to be doing a surprise performance of what we had learnt in that hour in front of the public down on the concourse.

The harmonies we created as a team were amazing and I am so proud of everyone.

Overall I enjoyed today, it has been amazing.

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To get through the the Gold stage of TICE would be an amazing opportunity for anyone and I wish the best of luck for all the people taking part. From a young age music has been a massive influence to my life and the TICE programme has encouraged me to do more and to be confident, it has also helped me learn who I am and what I want to do in life.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the silver stage achievable and if you ever get the chance to take part in TICE then go ahead as it can be a really influential opportunity and will look fantastic on your CV.

by Charlotte Hawkins, Year 10 at Burnside Business and Enterprise College.