Tension rises ahead of music competition

3 September 2013

Extended Diploma in Music Technology students studying at the Gloucestershire College Royal Forest of Dean Campus have secured a place in a prestigious national music competition with their band, Raising Tension.

The five lads, all aged 17, secured their place in the World Skills UK Popular Music competition final after competing against 20 other Colleges at Derby College. 

Raising Tension consists of Mat Hoare (vocals and synth), Owen Benjamin (lead guitar), Lucas Mason (percussion) and Seth Phillips (bass) from Chepstow, and Bexley Terrell (vocals and guitar) from Coleford. Their music could be described as “Alternative Rock with a Melodic Electronic edge”.

Band member, Owen Benjamin, said;

“It’s amazing to be in the final. We were the only band who performed original songs during the competition heat, and will be doing the same in the final. It’s brilliant to writing and performing our own songs, and that’s thanks to the course team for their help and encouragement. At the finals, we are competing on the Friday, performing on the Saturday and going to a party on the Saturday night; it’s going to be like being on tour man!”

Kevin Grey, Music Lecturer at the College said;

“The team and I are so proud of the band, they’ve always had fantastic potential. Throughout the course, we have worked in the studio, nurturing their talent and further developing their skills in composition, writing and performing music which has resulted in two well-crafted and creative songs.”

“A career in the music industry is so diverse, and through competitions like this we encourage all of our students to develop their entrepreneurial skills in order to have a successful future career.”

The competition final will be held at The Skills Show at the NEC Birmingham this November.


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