Wirral students rock Friday Night Live stage in New Brighton

Students from two Wirral schools recently performed at the Oakland Gallery in New Brighton’s Victoria Quarter. 

Performers from St John Plessington Catholic College in Bebington and St Mary’s Catholic College in Wallasey took to the stage to perform a range of songs for a packed room as part of Friday Night Live. 

Friday Night Live, an event at Holy Family Catholic Multi Academy Trust (HFCMAT), provides students with the opportunity to showcase their musical talent in front of a large audience, celebrating their abilities and developing their confidence. 

The event was hosted by Daniel Davies, owner of the Oakland Gallery, as part of an ongoing partnership with HFCMAT.

Together, they bring creativity and culture into communities and schools, particularly through the Creativity Collaborative NW (C Change) which aims to unite teachers and explore the impact of creative teaching. 

Throughout the night, young people from within the Trust came together to sing alone or as part of a group, playing guitar, drums, and other instruments, and covering a range of genres such as folk, rock, and pop. 

In total, over 50 young people got involved and performances included headliner Fuzion, a Year 10 band from St Mary’s who made their fourth Friday Night Live appearance, and St John Plessington student, Zac, who sang Stephen Sanchez’s ‘Until I Found You’. 

Laurie Smith, Director of Music at Holy Family Catholic Multi Academy Trust, said, “Friday Night Live was a great opportunity for our Trust to showcase the amazing talent within its secondary schools. The atmosphere at these events is always fantastic, with students supporting 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 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.” 

CEO of Holy Family Catholic Multi Academy Trust, Andy Moor, commented, “A huge well done to all our students who got involved in Friday Night Live; you were absolutely phenomenal. It’s great to see so many of our young people find their passion on stage and perform to the local community.” 

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