Stage is set for schools to rock it out for awards

West Suffolk Rock and Pop Awards at the Apex.''FL;
West Suffolk Rock and Pop Awards at the Apex.''FL;
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The stage is set for this year’s West Suffolk Schools Rock and Pop Awards - showcasing the best of young musical talent in the county.

Over the next two months, Sam Robson from Industry Education in Music will be visiting schools in the area with band Polar Collective to run workshops teaching young people about song writing, performance and the music business.

The initiative will culminate with a big battle of the bands at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds on February 27.

Among the schools taking part in the programme are St Benedict’s, King Edward VI, County Upper and Culford School in Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket High School, Stowupland High School and Newmarket College.

Students from Ormiston Academy in Sudbury, Castle Manor School in Haverhill and Thurston are also taking part in the scheme.

The Apex event is being sponsored by Easton and Otley College with awards on the night being sponsored by West Suffolk College, Music Sales and Frames Conservatories Direct Ltd.

Sam and Polar Collective visited King Edward VI school in Bury just before Christmas.

“We had a brilliant time at KEGS, there was a real buzz around the school,” said Sam.

“It is lovely to see the school doing so well and thriving - it is such an enjoyable place to be.”

At the showcase at the Apex, awards will be given for the Best Live Performance, Most Up and Coming Act, Best Image and Best Musicians.

Easton and Otley College spokesman, John Nice, said, “We are delighted to be involved in the Rock and Pop Awards for the second year running.

“Hopefully this will inspire West Suffolk students to make music. And it would be nice to think that this month-long musical tour could potentially unearth the region’s next Ed Sheeran.”