Students work with The Script

Four students from Stoke on Trent College gave their studies the wow factor, working with Irish pop rock band The Script

An exclusive offer – available to only 20 colleges nationwide – saw students on the Level 3 Performing Musician and Creative Music Production courses at the College’s Burslem campus gain unique hands-on industry experience with the internationally-acclaimed band.

Emma Casey and Carla Davies, both from Stoke, Naomi Clarke from Chell Heath, and Dan Bird from Bucknall, represented Stoke on Trent College at the gig.

A solid working relationship between the College and the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills (NSA) secured the four learner places backstage at the sell-out performance, which took place at the Manchester

Evening News Arena earlier this month.

At the concert, the students were privy to invaluable knowledge and insight from industry professionals.

Emma and Carla have now been offered another chance of a lifetime opportunity, working with chart-topping band Scouting For Girls, as well as being on the staff at the forthcoming Reading and Leeds festivals.

Lee Beddow, a lecturer of performing music at Stoke on Trent College, said: “We are developing some great opportunities for our students.

“They give those interested in the behind-the-scenes side of music a real chance to get an insight into the technical aspects.”

Earlier this year, students at Stoke on Trent College enjoyed an exclusive backstage experience at a Biffy Clyro’s gig held at Manchester Central, where they helped prep the stage for the band’s live performance.

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