Bradford music showcase takes to virtual stage

Ruth Peterson | November 13, 2020
Group photo of musicians in Lister Building
Bradford’s Got Talent: Music, Performance and Production students get ready for concert

Lockdown is no barrier for music fans who have the chance to see some of Bradford’s greatest talent perform this month.

The Bradford College Virtual Concert will showcase 25 musicians and singers, who will take part in a live streamed gig on Friday 20 November. This will give fans the chance to enjoy free performances from the comfort of their own homes. 

Female musician plays guitar

It has been organised by Carys Marshall. Carys is the vocalist in pop-rock band The Umbrellas, one of the acts taking part. She said: “I’m really excited about this event and can’t wait to see how the show turns out.”

Female musician on guitar

A great team effort

The bands and solo artists are all studying the Level 3 Music, Performance and Production UAL Diploma at the Bradford School of Art. The concert is the result of a major team effort by all the students across both year groups of the course.

Every year Music, Performance and Production students perform a live concert in the Autumn term. However, this year the group had to be more creative.

Female drummer performing on stage

Carys said: “During lockdown, when we were all at home, we were thinking about how we could still perform a concert during the pandemic.  We realised we probably wouldn’t be able to perform in front of a live audience this year, so we looked into creating a performance that could be live streamed.”

Five bands and four solos artists will take part in the showcase. They are:

SOLO ACTS:

  • Barbora Orackova
  • Lucy Pearson
  • Megan Dobbin
  • Kabeer Sindhu

BANDS

  • Day Trip
  • The Umbrellas
  • Millie and The Floor Gang
  • The Notes
  • Numero Uno

The acts have now recorded their performances, which will be streamed via a specially created YouTube channel, Bradford College Virtual Concert.

Male guitarist performing

Nicolas Sykes, Music Performance and Production course leader, said: “The students have planned and produced everything you will see on the live stream from the organisation and promotion to performing and recording the video and audio.

“Professional and committed throughout”

“They have also completed this project in an extremely short timeframe – just four weeks! They have been professional and committed throughout. The final product will be a great representation of their hard work and dedication, despite the difficult circumstances and many challenges they have had to overcome.”

The students are also promoting the concert, with Carys, Kabeer, Barbora, James and Alfie appearing on community radio station BCB Radio to plug the event.

Where to see the concert

The Bradford College Virtual Concert will take place on Friday 20 November from 7pm. You can watch it via the Bradford College Virtual Concert YouTube channel

It will also be live streamed through the Bradford College YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/bradfordcollege

You can view photos of the acts on the @bcm_virtualconcert Instagram page, or follow the Bradford College Virtual Concert Facebook page.

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