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Young musicians follow in legends' footsteps at the Cavern

Talented students from the Academy of St Francis of Assisi played a sold out gig at Liverpool's most iconic music venue

Posted by Julian Owen | December 24, 2017 | Events

With acts such as The Beatles, Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Adele, The Rolling Stones and The Who having all performed on the Cavern Club's iconic stage – whether the original that closed in 1973, or the rebuilt version that opened in 1984 - it was a “real honour” for Academy of St Francis of Assisi students to perform at the venue. 

Organised by the ASFA Music Department, led by Head of Music Jay Bradley, ‘Live at the Cavern’ was an evening of “great music” featuring bands and acts from the Academy. 

Over 75 students took part in the show across all year groups from Years 7 to 11. 

Performances came from the Academy’s band Vocalize, drum ensemble Stix, a Year 7 body percussionist, bands from Years 8, 9 and 10 and soloists including Candice Ranario, Rhys Johnston and Lisa Mhagrh. 

Students performed a range of genres including pop, hip-hop, classical and RnB. 

The Liverpool venue was full to capacity as parents, teachers, governors and invited guests watched students take the stage. 

Tickets were priced at £5, with all money raised going directly back into the music department to fund future projects and opportunities for students. 

Head of Music, Jay Bradley said: “I wanted to give students a taste of a real gig venue and what better than a venue at the heart of the Liverpool music scene - the Cavern Club! 

The night was a huge success and, off the back of it, the director of the Educate Awards, Kim O’Brien, has asked us to be part of the evening’s entertainment in 2018. 

I am one very proud head of music. The students were fantastic and all the hard work rehearsing paid off!” 

The Academy has a varied music curriculum, with creativity and performances a key focus. Students have the opportunity to try projects such as body percussion, beat boxing, film music, samba band and a range of school choirs.

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