Young Bands Follow Ed Sheeran’s Rockschool Route To Success At The National Festival Birmingham

Rockschool, the leading accredited provider of rock and pop exams worldwide, are the Rock, Pop & Urban sponsor of the Amplified evenings at the HMV Institute for the Music For Youth National Festival in Birmingham on the 5th and 6th July 2012.

Rock School, whose rock & pop music qualifications are taught globally, has inspired many rock legends including the award winning English singer songwriter Ed Sheerhan. He is one of the biggest names in popular music today, but behind his incredible rise to fame is a lot of hard work. He studied Rockschool material during his Artist Development course through Access To Music in London.

Music For Youth is a national music education charity, which provides free access to performance and audience opportunities for young musicians across the UK through its annual season of festivals and concerts. The National Festival Birmingham is a six day celebration of music that includes the Amplified evenings at the HMV Institute where four bands who have followed similar paths to Ed Sheeran, studying Rockschool courses, will perform.

The bands are four piece rock / metal band, Severin, from Norfolk, who recently won a KL.FM battle of the bands heat working towards supporting the Pigeon Detectives. Then comes West Midlands band, Feird Wish, a power pop rock band from Stourbridge who studied the same Music Practitioner Course – Artist Development, as Ed Sheeran, at Kidderminster College where the course patron is Black Country musician – Robert Plant. Joining them is energetic alternate rock / pop punk band Time will Tell, a band formed during a live music workshop at Alton College, a workshop enrichment programme that leads to Level 3RSL Music Practitioner qualification. Inside Indigo also met at Alton College in a similar way. They are five piece vocal harmony one of whose member recently had a piece of music ‘Itsa Africa’ performed at an Olympic event in Portsmouth in front of 11,000 people.

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About Rockschool:

Rockschool is the leading accredited provider of rock and pop exams worldwide and offers Graded Music Exams, Diplomas and Vocational Qualifications that are practical, flexible and fun. Founded in 1991 they run qualifications for thousands of musicians in the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia. Rockschool has been independently and fully accredited by the UK government through Ofqual, DCELLS and CCEA since 2002. Their graded qualifications are also accredited by SQA in Scotland. In 2010 all its qualifications were successfully re-accredited on the QCF. Further information about Rockschool’s independent public accreditation is available here. In the UK Rockschool has over 500 exam centres and more than 4500 instrumental teachers registered.

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