College’s Wedgewood Rooms gig is knock-out performance

PERFORMER Guitarist Grant Melin
PERFORMER Guitarist Grant Melin

Portsmouth MP visits his former childhood stomping ground

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COLLEGE students proved they are rock stars in the making after a hugely successful gig at the Wedgewood Rooms.

Katie Perry, Dolly Parton, Led Zeppelin and Pulp were just a few of the artists whose songs were given an original twist by the Btec music technology and performance students to an audience of 300.

Louise Sotheran, 26, charmed the audience with songs by Katie Perry and Birdy.

Speaking at the gig she said: ‘I’ve enjoyed myself tonight. The support from staff and students who came to watch is overwhelming.’

Jaws dropped when guitarist Grant Melin lent his virtuosic solos to a range of tunes from country to hard rock.

The 18-year-old, who is already a recorded artist, said: ‘I thought it went brilliantly.

‘We really weren’t expecting to see so many people and the atmosphere was great.

‘My high point was Led Zeppelin’s Rock and Roll – it was a big blow out.’

Carina Abery, 16, switched effortlessly between voice, guitar and flute.

She said: ‘There was a lot of pressure as we knew it was the college’s first Wedgewood gig and we did ourselves proud.

‘It was good to see the audience having as much fun as we were!’

Gareth Howells, head of music, organised the night which was being assessed for the Btec exams.

He said: ‘I’m incredibly proud of all of the students – there will be a lot of distinctions awarded.’