A Sound Performance

Alton College Music Department strengthened its links with higher education recently when a group of students took part in the annual Southampton Solent Sound Music Festival held at Solent University. The festival saw nine colleges across Hampshire and Wiltshire enter a “Battle of the Bands” competition with a first prize of £200. Alton College entered one of the bands from the BTEC Rock and Pop music course – “Haze” comprising of Hannah Francis (previously at Eggar's School), Laura Quinn (previously at Bohunt School), Naomi Cowdry (previously at Weydon School) and Tom Pocock (previously at Bohunt School). The band played three covers that received extremely good feedback from the judges who had backgrounds in the music industry including music management and record labels.

The band ended up with the runners-up prize of £100, narrowly missing out on first place. Head of Music Andy Light said 'This was a great experience for our students to play in a professional setting. I was extremely proud of the band and their approach to the competition. They played very well and gained plaudits not only from the judges but also the other colleges. This is a testament to all the hard work that the staff put in to maintain high standards of musicianship across the department'.

Alton College Music Department offer a range of A Level and BTEC Music courses. Find out more about studying music at Alton College here.