The latest BCT showcase was a great way for the kids to mark the start of their summer holidays taking place at the start of July at the Billingham Synthonia Club – Theatre Suite.
As part of our youth programme the quarterly shows are great way to see how much the children are improving and celebrate their achievements. The room was as usual packed with family & friends with one lady even travelling from York to check out the group ( Big Shout to Dee).
The show was divided into our lesson groups before all coming together for the last couple of songs. First up were our beginners group including four new children, taking part in their first performance. It is always a big deal that first time on the stage, but all handled it like professionals. The group were especially happy with their performance of Green Day’s Time of your Life. This song had more chord changes than in previous song,s so was a great test of their guitar skills.
Following the beginners group we were lucky to enjoy solo performances from Ellie Price & Claudia Wilson with both playing guitar and singing, gathering a big crowd at the front of the stage as they did. As always with BCT all children are offered the chance to perform solo, but it takes a lot of courage and we all take our hats off to the girls.
After the break it was chance for the tutors Nathan, Paul & Colin to get their guitars out showcasing the new songs that the group will be learning in the next term. These included Jess Glynne & Pompeii , performed using the same approaches that are taught to the beginners and intermediates. This includes the use of single notes on a single string, aiming to build confidence in new players.
We were also very pleased to welcome members of our new Friends of group who had done an amazing job of putting together a raffle and tombola, which helped to raise more funds for the group. These guys were joined by our long time volunteers, Jody & Glynis on the hot dogs and Bob Mulvey running the sound desk, regulars Paul & Dean. Without the support of these people we would struggle to run a lot of our work.
It was now time for our older children to shine on the stage, with our advanced group performing a much varied set that included songs from the Beatles, Dodgy, Oasis, Green Day and Counting Stars. The group had been working hard on adding extra parts to their set, this included more backing vocals and new lead guitar parts. The age range of the group ranging from 9 to 15 was especially pleasing for us all to see, with everyone supporting each other as is our way.
To end the night we got everybody up on stage to perform our favourite sing-along Twist & Shout by the Beatles. We we must thank everybody who attended the night and all the amazing volunteers who make our work possible.
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