St John Plessington Catholic College and St Mary’s Catholic College hosted a night of live music in New Brighton on Friday 13th October.

The schools, which are part of Holy Family Catholic Multi Academy Trust, took over The Oakland Venue on Victoria Rd in New Brighton with a number of student bands and singers performing in front of a sell out crowd.

The termly music event ‘Friday Night Live’ celebrates the musical abilities of students from across the Trust and gives emerging local talent the chance to play in a professional environment.  Over 50 students from across both schools performed in a range of fantastic bands covering folk, rock, pop and some old school classics. 

‘Fuzion’ a year 10 band from St Mary’s headlined the event, this was their 4th appearance at a Friday Night Live event and it was fantastic to see how they have developed since their first performance.  St John Plessington performances saw Zac singing ‘Until I Found You’ and Sarah making her Friday Night Live debut. Students as young as 11 performed for the first time on a professional stage. 

Laurie Smith, Director of Music at Holy Family Catholic Multi Academy Trust, said: “Friday Night Live was a great opportunity for the Trust to showcase the amazing talent within its secondary schools. The atmosphere at these events is always fantastic, with students, supporting one another and cheering each other on. It’s wonderful to see”

“Music is such an important aspect of school life for both St John Plessington and St Mary’s and by giving students the platform to sing and play instruments on a large scale was a great experience for them.”

Laurie added: “It was wonderful to welcome the local community on the night and see them supporting up and coming local musicians. A huge thank you to Rockpoint Leisure for providing us with this brilliant opportunity.”


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