Youngsters rock out at special Norwich gig

Young musicians passed their rock school exams in style at a gig for friends and family.

The budding rock stars performed a live set at the B2 venue at the Brickmakers on Sprowston Road, Norwich, at the end of a three-day band skills course organised by Access to Music.

The sets from the two bands included songs the eight youngsters, aged between 10 and 18, had written themselves, and was a chance to put into action what they had learned during the course.

The first band, Good Influence, played Bon Jovi's Livin' on a Prayer and the Joan Jett hit I Love Rock 'n Roll, and the unnamed second band tackled the Undertones' Teenage Kicks and Good Riddance by Green Day.

Workshop leader Charlotte Hancy said the youngsters had a variety of differing musical experiences, but had worked together well.

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'The workshops are about allowing young musicians to come together and be creative, and get used to being on the stage and enjoying themselves.

'We teach them band skills – everything from communication with each other, and working together, to a bit about the [sound engineer's] desk and the technical side of things.

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She added: 'A couple of people didn't really play anything before they arrived, while a couple have been to rock school before. We managed to get everyone playing something – keeping it simple and working together.'

Miss Hancy has run a girls-only rock school, Girls-r-LOUD, since 2009 with Cath Evans, and last year launched the boys-only equivalent Boys-make-NOISE.

Are you organising a music event in Norwich? Call reporter Mark Shields on 01603 772423 or email

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