A lounge bar feel at a Loughboough College music gig has proved a hit for charity fundraising.
The Swingin' Moon saw a packed Arts Academy theatre at the College enjoy a student set with a distinctly laid back feel – and support a cause with particular significance to the performers.
‘We wanted it to be jazzy and chilled – and enjoyable,” said gig organiser Charlotte Denston, 19, who is in her final year of her Music course at Loughborough College – and is thrilled to have received an unconditional offer to study for a degree in music at Hull University.
“We picked acts not just to appear in the main line up but also to play ahead of it to really create that feeling.
“There was a saxophonist in the Box Office area, a violinist, piano player and singer as people entered the theatre and for the gig itself a trumpeter alongside bands like 50 Shades of Funk, which I am part of.
“One of the students designed a programme to fit the theme, first year Charlotte Hubbard looked after the sound and we had ultra violet lighting and wore neon paint on our faces as well as black and white clothing, so everyone glowed – it was really effective.
“There was a good crowd and a fantastic atmosphere. At the end we even had an encore featuring past students and our tutor Simon Clarke.
“The Pancreatitis Support Network is a charity personal to one of the musicians and so we decided we would donate proceeds from the ticket sales and collect on the night for them. We were so pleased to raise almost £200.00.
“It was a great way to round off our music course. I love that all our tutors at Loughborough College have experience in the music industry and have toured, so they know what they’re talking about. And I’ve really enjoyed the opportunities we’ve given outside the classroom too – not least the fact that our band has been asked to play at the Glastonbudget festival this year.”
Loughborough College students and staff who performed at The Swingin’ Moon were Opening Acts Ben Lewis-Skeath; Devron Walker and Katherine McGough; Alessia Legrottaglie and Katie Boyes. Main Acts James and the Robinsons (James Robinson, Beth Williams, Chantelle Harvey, Josh Dutton); 50 Shades of Funk (Tara Freeman, Adam Moss, Kieran Marshall, Ricki Dhindsa, Charlotte Denston) and Encore Tara Freeman, Ben Lewis-Skeath, Harrison Thornley and Simon Clarke.
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