Two local students from the Southern Regional College recently brought home gold from a music skills competition at The Market Place Theatre, Armagh.
The competition saw the most talented musicians from all six Regional Colleges in Northern Ireland battle it out to be crowned the best in their category.
SRC were victorious in the Live Electronic category with Rob Cook from Craigavon and Christopher McEvoy from Markethill, who both attend the Armagh campus and study an Extended Diploma in Music, bringing home the gold.
Rob and Christopher said of the win, “We are delighted to have won the Live Electronic category at Music Skills NI. The standard of performances throughout the day was incredible. It is a very exciting time for music in Northern Ireland and to witness the new emerging talent today was great. We would like to say a huge thank you to the music department in SRC, the expert panel of judges and the other performers and supporters from Colleges across NI for coming along and taking time out of their hectic schedules to make Music Skills NI a truly memorable experience for all those involved.”
Paddy Craig, music co-ordinator at SRC said, “Music Skills NI is an incredible platform for young musicians in Northern Ireland, the overwhelming talent we have never ceases to amaze and 2014 was no exception. I am grateful to all those who have so generously supported this event, Generator NI, Matchetts Music and The Market Place Theatre.”
The competition saw leading performers and musicians from diploma courses studying at each of the NI Colleges compete in six different challenges. Belfast Metropolitan College brought home the gold in the three categories of Originals, Cover Band and Sound Design. South Eastern Regional College won the Singer Songwriter category and last but not least in the DJ category South West College were triumphant with DJ Chris–e.
The winners were decided by a panel of industry professionals including Mike Mormecha, front-man of rock act Mojo Fury; Fiona O’Kane, vocalist and lead songwriter in Runaway Go; Lyndon Stephens, Director of Champion Sound Recordings and Adam Booth, a freelance sound designer.
If you are interested in a career in music and would like to find out more about the courses offered at SRC visit a local campus or find a prospectus online by logging on to www.src.ac.uk.
The Music Showcase promoting SRC talent will take place in the Market Place Theatre on May 7 at 7.30pm, with entry costing £5 on the night and all profits donated to CRY.