Music students set for festival performance in London

Finlay Mactaggart and Sarah Laycock, who are set to play their music at a festival in London

Two music students from Bradford College have landed gigs at a national arts festival showcasing student talent.

Sarah Laycock and Finlay Mactaggart have both been selected to perform at the Origins Creative Arts Festival, which will take place in London in August.

Tutors from art schools and colleges across the country were asked to nominate their most impressive students in a range of disciplines including painting, drawing, sculpture, video, fashion – and music.

From the thousands of entries from colleges across the country, both Level 3 Music students have been invited to perform at the festival, which will take place in the Oxo Tower’s Bargehouse on London’s South Bank from August 2 to August 5.

Sarah, from Shipley, is a pianist, singer and songwriter while Finlay, from Undercliffe, is a jazz pianist.

They are both thrilled to have been chosen and are looking forward to putting on live performances at the prestigious central London venue.

Sarah, whose stage name is SEZ, will play an acoustic set of her own original music, including tracks from her EP, Underwater.

She said: “I am pleased to be included in this festival as it will give me an opportunity to share my music and inspire a new audience.

“This will be a fantastic opportunity to play my own music in a new setting and it will give me more experience in the music industry.

“I am proud of myself for working so hard on this project in college and I'm glad that I have been rewarded with this opportunity.”

Finlay said: “For my set, I'm planning to play jazz standards featuring songs such as Autumn Leaves, Fly Me To The Moon and Georgia On My Mind, as well my own blues composition that I have titled Mactaggart’s Mood.

“I am very much looking forward to playing a venue in London and can't wait to see my work displayed. I never expected to get the opportunity to do something like this when applying for my course last summer.

“I would like to give a big shout-out to my teachers who gave me so much advice and support over the past year. They make college such a great environment to learn in, as they are very encouraging and always supportive. I have managed to achieve things that I thought wouldn't be possible after one year of college, so I owe a lot to them. I feel very lucky to be able to learn in this great way and I can't wait to get back for my second year in September.”

Origins Creative Arts Festival is organised by UAL Awarding Body and is designed to showcase the depth and breadth of work created by students across Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 in educational institutions across the country which offer UAL courses. A range of painting, drawing, sculpture, video and fashion will be on display, complemented by a programme of music and performing arts, all created and performed by pre-degree level students.

Bradford College has a number of music and performance courses, at a range of levels from Level 1 up to degree level, starting this September. Call 01274 433 333 for more details or see the college website.