Media students create TV show to help champion Suffolk talent

Media students create TV show to help champion Suffolk talent

Some of Suffolk’s brightest bands came together for a musical showcase that was held at the Ipswich Corn Exchange.

The occasion called United Sounds was set up and produced by level three media students from Suffolk New College.

Around 30 learners and staff set up and filmed a live TV event that was similar to the BBC2 Jools Holland music show. Around 100 people came along to see the show.

The performers included Fick as Fieves and Impilo who have recently been championed by BBC introducing, who helped put Suffolk based Ed Sheeran on the map.

Richard Haugh from BBC Introducing came along to support the event. He said, “We were looking at ways in which the college and BBC introducing could work better together and it was a pleasure to be involved. The college is dealing with lots of young and exciting talent. We (BBC Introducing) brought along two bands (Fick as Fieves and Impilo) and they were both dynamic and energetic.”

Chris Gilbert and Richard Haugh (BBC Introducing)
Programme Leader for MedIa, Music and Performing Arts Chris Gilbert with BBC Introducing's Richard Haugh

Other acts who played a mixture of covers and original pieces were Floradan, After Yesterday, Zaffiro and Lost Locomotive.

19-year-old Alexa Francis is from Stowmarket and is the Student Union's Vice President. She was one of the presenters. She said, “The event went really well. We had lots of challenges but I’m pleased with how it turned out. The bands were amazing. I’ve learnt how live TV works and I think the experience will help me in the future.”

Alexa Francis with Fick as Fieves
Alexa Francis interviews the members of band Fick As Fieves

Kelan Moore from the band Lost Locomotive, said, “We are both music students at SNC. We’ve only been together a couple of months. It was great to be up on stage.”

The executive producer for the evening was media lecturer, Jon Saward. He said; “Everyone worked tirelessly behind the scenes and it all came together. It was exhausting but then producing a live TV event is. It gave our students a real window into this world. The industry is seen as being quite glamorous and it can be at times. However, it’s important that our learners get to be involved in situations like this as it gives them a chance to make more informed choices about their futures.”