Year 11 BTEC Music Production students have set themselves the challenge of staging a music concert as part of their studies. The States of Music gig is set to happen Wednesday, 20th March and will feature vintage rock headline-grabbers, Ego States and talented singer-songwriter, Ellie Telford.
Karol Seroczynski, Caitlin Whiteley, Georgie-Leigh Whiting, Gabriel Buckley, Tom Batchelor, Grace Sparks, McKenzi Freeth, Jill Haigh-Hutchinson are working hard to bring the event to market and are nervously excited about it. “No other group has done something this big before,” said Georgie-Leigh. “I’m very excited about seeing the acts come together on the night,” said Caitlin.
Students came up with the idea of staging a proper night-time gig to demonstrate their determination to score high grades in August, and have booked two big local acts to demonstrate their ambition.
Ego States are a four-piece melodic ‘vintage’ rock band with plenty of live gigs under belt. The Brighouse boys (including former Brooksbanker, Rhys Jenkins) have been gaining a following across the North of England over the past year. Singles, including their first release Overthinker, have been big hits on Spotify and Apple Music and they have supported Jake Bugg and The Cribs on the Main Stage at Bingley Music Festival.
Ellie Telford is a talented singer-songwriter from Brooksbank who is currently in Year 12. Ellie has a string of punchy songs in her indie-folk repertoire. Her perceptive lyrics are full of wit and wisdom with a West Yorkshire twist.
The BTEC Music team have been working hard to make the event happen: hiring the hall, liaising with the artists and the school’s sound and lighting engineer, designing the tickets and posters, developing social media marketing and organising refreshments.
“We’ll be announcing the event in assemblies next week and hope to get lots of support from staff and students,” said Gabriel. “Fundraising began at the Christmas Fair with a seasonal hot chocolate stall.”
“It’s been a pleasure working with everyone and great fun to organise,” said Karol.
Tickets are available from Brooksbank. There is a special discount for students and staff, making tickets just a pound a pop! Now there’s a bargain!