Tupton Live!

Tupton Live!

Tupton Live

 

Words by Matt Atkins and Jared Musson

Photos by Nick Avis

Video by Bradley Roberts

Introduction

By Matt Atkins

Packed to capacity, a foray of onlookers in the Richard Smith Hall were treated to a spectacle in the form of some of Tupton's brightest young musical talent.

The event? Tupton Live - an entirely student-organised concert in aid of Chesterfield's Deaf and Hearing Support group.

The charity provides support and assistance for many partially and profoundly deaf people in North Derbyshire. And Tupton Live raised a magnificent £732 towards the cause.

Students got the chance to showcase their varied musical abilities, with guitarists, singers and even a trombone making an appearance.

Exclusive prizes were up for grabs, kindly donated by local businesses such as Chatsworth House and Hardwick Hall.

It was the school's BTEC music group who procured the prizes and organised the whole concert as part of their course.

Introduction

By Jared Musson

Tupton Live was a fantastic event that really showed the creative side of students at Tupton Hall. The bravery of the performers was incredible and it really showed just how confident some people can be.

Katharine gave an amazing performance; she has only played the Mandolin since Christmas and is already giving brilliant performances to large crowds. It’s a great achievement and her singing voice was top notch too.

Lewis is another performer who stood out for me on the night. The song he played, titled ‘Lighthouse’ was beautiful.

The BTEC music group should be proud of themselves for putting on such a wonderful and successful event.

REDFACES

Professional indie rockers RedFaces wowed the Tupton Live audience by performing several tracks as special guests.

The quartet, from Sheffield, features Tupton Sixth Form's very own Charlie Yapp on drums.

With melodic songs and tight vocal harmonies, backed with an upbeat rhythm, RedFaces have found themselves on at major festivals like Tramlines and Y-Not Festival.

They have sold out numerous Sheffield venues like The Leadmill and O2 Academy, and have just finished recording their brand new demo Katie Come Home with legendary producer Alan Smyth.

 

Tupton Live - The Video

 

 

 

Watch ALL performances from the Tupton Live concert here.

BTEC Music Group  - Amnesia

Abbie - Skinny Love

Lewis - Lighthouse

Charlotte - Love How It Hurts

Lydia & Charlie - High Hopes

Katharine - Make You Feel My Love

Sarah - Kiss It All Better

Georgina - On My Own

BTEC Music Group - Man Who Can't Be Moved

BTEC Music Group - Young Volcanoes

Tyler - Squadron 633

Lydia & Charlie - Photograph

Lewis & Sam - Blame It On Me

Abbie - All I Want

RedFaces - Katie Come Home

RedFaces - Ain't Going Down (Without A Fight)

Musician profiles

LEWIS - YEAR 11

What instrument / style of music do you play? I kind of like country style, like Mumford and Sons, First Aid Kit that type of thing - a lot of guitar.

When did you start playing? The first time I started playing guitar I was about 6 or 7. The first time I started singing was when I was in about Year 2.

What got you into music? I always joined the choirs when I was younger. My brother also gave me a guitar when I was younger and I kind of fell in love with it.

What do you like about performing? I just like the freedom. I like to write how I feel and express myself.

How was the tonight's performance for you? I was probably scared but quite excited really.

Have you performed to a big crowd before? Probably not much bigger than the one here tonight but a few, yeah.

How has coming to Tupton Hall School helped you? It’s made me much more confident, it’s really helped me in that way.

 

 

 

KATHARINE - YEAR 12

What instrument / style of music do you play? I play the mandolin and I also play the guitar as well. It’s mainly kind of pop.

When did you start playing? The mandolin I started playing over Christmas time because it was a present. And the guitar I’ve been playing since I was about 10, so like 7 seven years.

How long have you been singing? That really came about when I started GCSE music in Year 10. I needed to do performances for my course.

What got you into music? Really, it was at my primary school when they had guitar lessons advertised. I wasn’t sure which instrument I wanted to learn so my mum suggested guitar lessons and I kind of took to it, basically.

What do you like about performing? I like performing different styles of music.

How was tonight's performance for you?‘It was pretty nerve racking in the build up to when I was performing. But when I was done I was quite proud that I’d managed to perform to that size of audience.

Have you performed to a big crowd before? I’m not entirely sure how big that audience was but I’ve played to around 150 people before at school shows.

How has coming to Tupton Hall School helped you? It’s given me more confidence in playing the mandolin in particular because I’ve had to do all the practice involved in the preparations for the performance itself.

 

 

 

LEWIS & SAM - YEAR 10

What instrument / style of music do you play? Sam: I like guitar and singing, jazz and all sorts of stuff.

When did you start playing? Lewis: For a while now - it started out as just a hobby to do when you get home.

What do you like about performing? Lewis: It takes your mind off things and it’s a good way to relax.

How was tonight's performance for you? Sam: Nerve racking and then relief after we’d done it. Lewis: You feel like you want to do it again once you’ve done it. Sam: It’s like a roller coaster.

Have you performed to a big crowd before? Lewis: The Christmas concert, there weren't as many people there as tonight though. Sam: We were like with another band then. Lewis: We didn’t really sing at all!

How has coming to Tupton Hall School helped you? Sam: The school builds your confidence, and pushes you so that you reach where you want to be. Lewis- With all the stuff we have available to us at Tupton you’ve got the capability to achieve whatever you want.

 

 

 

ABBIE - YEAR 10

What instrument / style of music do you play? Acoustic guitars and singing.

When did you start playing? I was 10 when I started playing guitar and I stared singing a long time ago.

What got you into music? I saw someone in a concert and that made me want to start, so seeing live music really.

What do you like about performing? I just enjoy doing it for people's pleasure. It takes me into my own world really, music does.

How was tonight's performance for you? It was nerve racking but when you get into it, it’s a really good feeling.

Have you performed to a big crowd before? Only at other school concerts and things like that.

How has coming to Tupton Hall School helped you? It's given me more confidence and helped me to progress in what im doing. It's helped me to improve.

 

 

 

SARAH - YEAR 10

What instrument / style of music do you play? I usually play soft pop, but I'm more into rock and metal. I play the piano and guitar.

When did you start playing? I started playing the guitar a month ago, and the piano since I came to Tupton, so about three years ago.

What got you into music? It was something that really interested me.

What do you like about performing? The feeling when people are happy (listening to music).

How was tonight's performance for you? Nervy/ nerve-wracking but it was nice.

Have you performed to a big crowd before? I have performed in front of smaller audiences before at a Clay Cross talent competition, but this was the biggest audience I've performed in front of.

Has going to Tupton Hall School helped improve your musical ability? Yes, because Tupton has a big music department.

 

 

 

GEORGINA - YEAR 11

What instrument / style of music do you play? I sing musical theatre.

When did you start singing? When I was about four but I started lessons when I was five.

What got you into music? Apparently I always nagged my dad so he decided to give me singing lessons.

What do you like about performing? It's a good way to express yourself

Can you describe what it was like to perform tonight? A bit nerve racking because a lot of people from my year were in the audience!

Have you performed in front of audiences before? Yes, at the Winding Wheel. And I'm performing at Sheffield City Hall next month.

Would you say that being at Tupton has helped you develop your musical ability? Yes. I have singing lessons here as well as outside of school.

 

 

TYLER - YEAR 11

What instrument do you play? I play the trombone.

When did you first start playing? Around seven years ago.

What got you into music? Someone came into our class in Year 5 and said 'does anyone want to learn to play a brass instrument?'. I signed up to try the French Horn, but there were none, so I tried the trombone instead and just stuck with it.

What do you like the most about playing an instrument? The trombone is just different, it's unique and that makes it stand out.

How was tonight's performance for you? It was a bit nerve racking but once I got into it everything was good.

Have you performed in front of audiences before? I'm part of a band outside school. We perform every year at the Winding Wheel as part of a summer concert.

Has being at Tupton Hall School helped you improve your musical ability? I would say so - especially with doing GCSE music. It helps me to practise quite a lot.

 

 

CHARLOTTE - YEAR 10

What instrument do you play? I play Guitar, I sing a little and I also play the keyboard

When did you first start playing? A while ago, I was about nine

What got you into music? I got a guitar for my birthday, and my dad also plays which influenced me.

What do you like the most about performing? It soothes me, it's a good stress relief.

Can you describe what it was like to perform tonight? Nerve racking, it was very scary.

Have you performed in front of an audience before? I performed in the Christmas concert which was similar, but tonight was probably my biggest audience.

Would you say that being at Tupton has helped improve your musical ability? Yes. I didn't do very much before, I was very shy but then I came into Year 10 and I was almost pushed into it.

 

 

LYDIA - YEAR 11

What instrument do you play? Guitar.

When did you first start playing? About two to three years ago.

What inspired you? I used to watch YouTube videos of musicians getting famous from it and I hope one day that can happen to me.

What do you like about performing? The supplying of other music to other people.

What was it like to perform tonight? The first performance was a bit nervy, but when it came to the second performance I was enjoying myself.

Have you performed in front of an audience before? I performed at the Winding Wheel and in Clay Cross.

Has being at Tupton Hall School helped improve your musical ability? Yes. The teachers here are great at bringing out your confidence.

 

 

JESSICA & LOIS - YEAR 12 (ORGANISERS)

How did tonight go? We really enjoyed it, we thought it went really well. It couldn't have gone any better.

Where did the idea for the event come from? We had to do it as a part of the BTEC music course, and we decided as a group that we weren't going to do a talent show, we're going to have a concert to show off the school's talent. We decided to donate the money raised to deaf and hearing support, as Adam, one of Jess close friends suffers from this issue.

Can you describe the enjoyable aspects as well as the difficult parts about organising the concert? The rehearsals were so fun, getting to see everyone practise was probably the best bit. Setting up was difficult as we were useless at it!

Do you think an event like this could happen next year? If the BTEC group decides to carry it on, hopefully they'll be able to pull off something like this or even top it, so hopefully it will carry on and become an annual event.