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Havering students audition at Royal Albert Hall

The students are waiting for the results of their audition. 

Music students from a Sixth Form in Havering have been selected to audition for a concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

Performers from New City College took part in a competition at the iconic music venue over the summer break and were praised for their performances and songwriting skills.

Two groups of students were selected to audition in front of a judging panel for a place in the Futuremakers concert which takes place in October.

Founder members of the band Annotate Thomas Young, who plays guitar, and Daniel Young, on drums, played a version of their original song ‘Next In Line’.

Then a group of students from the A Level Music, BTEC Music Performance and the A Level Music Technology courses played one of the students compesitions ‘Soul of Motion’.

The line-up for this band was Ezekiel Zantua, who put together the composition and played the drums, Tori-Belle Pitt, on keyboard bass, Rebeca Stratulat, on piano, Ciel Hersom, singing, and Thomas Middleton, who was on the guitar.

The judges praised the performances and particularly noted their songwriting skills.

Both bands are now waiting to find out whether they were successful in the competition and if they will progress to perform at the Albert Hall concert.

If they win the overall competition, they will receive a year of support from the Royal Albert Hall and their industry partners.

Chris Donnelly, music teacher at the campus in Wingletye Lane, Hornchurch, said: “I would like to say a huge well done to our students for writing such fantastic songs, getting through to the auditions and for putting in really excellent performances under a lot of pressure.

“It would be wonderful to see them all performing in the Albert Hall in October and I think both groups deserve to be there. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the judges agree.”

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