Harlow Rock School receive plaudits at Jack Petchey Awards

News / Fri 12th Jun 2015 at 11:00am

FRESH from starring in their own mini festival Let’s Rock The Park last month, Harlow Rock School took to the stage again last night to kick off proceedings at the annual Jack Petchey Award Scheme presentations.Harlow Rock School Jack P

Their performance, in front of Robert Halfon and a packed venue, consisted of two songs that the students had been working on for the last two months. Airbourne’s Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast opened the slot, complete with a guitar solo from their youngest student, 11 year old Sam Lewingdon who used the stage to maximum potential and played right in front of the dignitaries. The band then invited a dozen more students on stage to perform Could Have Been Me by The Struts, a massive sing-a-long anthem which showcased the vocalists and involved Mr Halfon on tambourine!

“The Struts are a particular favourite with some of the older students ever since they played at The Square last year” said Martin Elven from Rock School. “The project is student-led and they decided on this song in an effort to involve as many students as possible this year”. “Coincidentally, The Struts posted on social media earlier this week that they’d like to see any videos of bands covering their songs” Martin continued, “so I filmed the performance and posted it to them late last night. They rapidly indicated their approval, and the guitarist even shared the video on his personal Facebook page. It’s a huge boost for the students”

Several students were presented with awards from the Jack Petchey Foundation last night in recognition of their outstanding achievement over the last year. These were Dan Cox, Lizzie Hunt, Kieran Berry, Liam Etheridge, Natasha Gunn and Matt Seeley. There was also a Leaders award presented to Martin Elven.

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