Rocking All Over Town!

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Cynon Valley students have been rocking all over town during February half-term week thanks to E3+.

As part of the award winning Services for Young People’s E3+ programme students from Aberdare Girls School, Aberdare High School, St John Baptist CIW school, Blaengwawr Comprehensive and Mountain Ash Comprehensive were treated to a five-day course in becoming a rock band.

The E3+ programme forms an integral part of the Council’s newly created Services for Young People department, which is dedicated to ensuring young people in the County Borough are given the opportunities they are entitled to and deserve.

This unique course was provided by CJS Entertainments, Rock School programme, which is an educational provision designed for budding musicians who wish to further themselves in the field of music. The course also aims to increase confidence and self-esteem.

Throughout the rock school students received personal instrument tuition from expert tutors, developing skills in technique, tuning, set up, music theory, composition and arrangement, stagecraft, and live performance.

During the programme 4 bands and 3 sets of DJ’s were created, made up of the 30 students from across the County Borough, and the newly created bands and DJ’s came together to showcase their newly acquired skills in a special live performance in front of an audience of 100+ people at Abercwmboi Rugby Club.

This unique performance allowed the young people to show off what they had learnt during the course with each band performing 3 songs, one original composition that they wrote during the week and two cover versions. The DJ’s performed a 20 minute set each, including beat mixing and scratching a range of music from various genres. The students then received their Rock School certificates of achievements.

E3+ Coordinators for Aberdare, Karen Davies and Sian McGrath said: “The Rock School project brought fun, excitement and musical genius to our schools. It was something that the young people will never forget! It was amazing to see how much the students developed in just one week, the showcase event was fantastic and is testimony to the amazing talent we have in the County Borough.”

Councillor Eudine Hanagan, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, said: “Once again the E3+ programme is giving our young people the opportunity to take part in activities they wouldn’t normally experience. Their involvement will enable them to develop and learn through enjoying themselves but will also help them go from strength to strength and enhance their future prospects.”

Chris Stone, Project Manager at Rock School, said: “Rock School is a fantastic way to help young people to live out the dream of being in a rock band and give them a kickstart into a career in music. The project harnesses talent and its amazing to see some of the potential the young people have here in RCT, Rock School is happy to be ‘keeping the magic alive’!”

For further information on the Rock School call Chris Stone on 07811443366.

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