Music Practice students organise free festival at Nescot

Oct 28, 2014

Music Practice students organise free festival at Nescot

Music Practice students organised and performed at a free festival as part of their final project of the year.

The group of Level 3 Extended Diploma students held Nestival in the college’s Starbucks café from 3-9pm on Wednesday last week.

The students had roles ranging from performing to managing or marketing the event, with the musical styles on offer including 10 pop, soul, RnB, rock and acoustic acts.

"The event has gone really well, they’ve been sticking to the schedule carefully and everything has been running according to the plans they made," said Subject Leader Sapphira Gold.

"The students will be marked for the unit according to criteria such as how well they worked together, how they marketed the event and how they liaised with the artists, so I think it gives them a very broad range of skills."

Student Lydia Luke, who is going to Goldsmiths University of London next year to study Popular Music, was given the role of event manager.

"One of the most important things I learnt was how vital preparation is to make sure that every aspect runs smoothly," she said.

Fellow second-year Sam Harris said helping to market and organise Nestival as well as mixing the sound on the day was useful preparation for studying Live Event Technology at Glamorgan University next year.

"I learnt a lot of practical things, like the impact of the Performing Rights Society on live shows, but I think the whole experience of taking control of organising a show while at the same time knowing the staff were there to help us was a great first step."

First year Music Technology student Nil Sriranjan was among those who performed at the show, singing covers of Mario’s Let Me Love You and Chris Brown’s Forever as well as his own track, Light in the Dark.

"I was really nervous but the audience was really supportive, especially when I sang my own song," said Nil, who came second in Nescot’s Got Talent in November.

"There are a few areas I think I need to work on, but it went well overall and it was great to have the chance to perform in front of an audience."

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