Music degree students get taste of being on tour

This will be the twelfth year Platform One students have taken to the road in order to experience what it is like to go on a professional European tour.

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Platform One, Year 3 BA (Hons) Commercial Music, students are off on a six-date tour to Holland thanks to the continued support of Wightlink Ferries.

This will be the twelfth year that Platform One have taken to the road in order to experience what it is like to go on a professional European tour. The tour to Holland will include performances at the infamous ‘King’s Day Events’, as well as other music venues around Amsterdam.

Wightlink supporting young Island based musicians
Peter Pontin, Director at Platform One, said,

“Without the on-going support of Wightlink Ferries we would not be able to deliver the opportunities that we do.

“Wightlink also support our Friday Music Industry Seminars and mainland-based gigs that we carry out throughout the year – they are really committed in supporting young Island based musicians.”

Degree course attracting students to the Island
The degree course in commercial music is going from strength to strength, with students relocating to the Island to study full time on the Island.

The courses are delivered through the independent music college in collaboration with University of Chichester.

Student: An incredible end to the academic year
Alex James, a student who relocated to the Isle of Wight in order to study at Platform One, commented,

“I love performing music. This tour is an incredible end to the academic year. I feel confident and ready to entertain new audiences.”

Charlotte McDermott, also a student, went on to say,

“It is amazing that our commercial music course culminates in a proper tour. I have never been to Holland before and to go there and perform as a musician is serious – what an amazing opportunity.”

Insight and experience
The BA (Hons) Commercial Music, which was written by Platform One, is designed to interface with the actual music industry and as such gives students actual insight and experience of working within the industry. The tour really is a consolidation of all of the skills the students have learnt over the three years.

The BA (Hons) Commercial Music is the first full time degree to run on the Island and proof that the Island is a fantastic university location.

Warm up gig
The students will be playing a warm up gig at The Tap, Sandown on Thursday 19 April.

Music starts at 7.30pm with free entrance.

Image: martin_thomas under CC BY 2.0

Friday, 6th April, 2018 12:34pm

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