Rap Challenge

Two radio presenters took to the mic in a different style this week, as they battled each other in a rap showdown.

Louise Stones and Andy Cook from The Signal 1 Breakfast Show took on a Christmas ‘Rapping’ Challenge at Stoke on Trent College, which will saw them write a rap about each other before recording it.

On Wednesday, December 4th, students from the College’s Music Performance, Music Technology and Radio Production courses coached the duo before they showcased their new-found skills.

Staged at the College’s state-of-the-art performance venue, Andy and Louise had to grasp music writing, find their flow, as well as perfect their performance skills, in order to be crowned Master MC.

Lee Beddow, Course Team Leader for Creative Media at Stoke on Trent College, said: “We know Andy and Louise are no strangers to being behind the mic, but this challenge really tested their musicality and creativity.

Rap is a style of music that doesn’t come naturally to a lot of people and if done wrong can be a complete disaster, so the pressure was really on for the pair!

It was a fun challenge and it helped reflect the diversity of the courses we offer at the College.”

The Christmas Rapping Challenge is the latest in a series of challenges the radio duo have been taking on at Stoke on Trent College.

Ahead of the challenge, Louise Stones said: “We’re really excited about this challenge, we obviously know a lot about radio and music production, but writing music is a whole new area for me. I’ve already stared prepping my rap about Andy, I think I’m onto a winner again!”

Co-presenter, Andy Cook, added: “I’m hoping to be able to get one over on Lou this time, this is something I have a head start in. I’ve been working with some of the students here at The Signal Media Academy and they’ve been helping me write my rap and teaching me about how to deliver it.”

Following the exercise, which was broadcast on air, members of the public interested in music courses were invited to visit the College’s performance venue for themselves. The facility includes recording studios, rehearsal rooms and theatre with state-of-the-art lighting, pyrotechnic and AV system.

Mr Beddow, added: “If you have musical talents, or enjoy being on stage or backstage, then our music and performing arts courses offer a great platform for a career in the creative industries.

Our students go on to take up a variety of roles from theatre technicians to dancers, actors to set designers.”

Anyone wishing to find out more should call 01782 208208 or visit www.stokecollege.ac.uk.

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