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New venue could help next generation of pop stars

GOING FOR A SONG  ... South Tyneside College music lecturers Graham Thompson, front, and Tony Pottinger in Studio 5.

GOING FOR A SONG ... South Tyneside College music lecturers Graham Thompson, front, and Tony Pottinger in Studio 5.

YOUNG musical maestros have brought the house down to help launch South Tyneside’s newest venue.

South Tyneside College’s Studio 5 performance space was officially opened by students performing to an invited audience last night.

The purpose-built facility at the college, in St George’s Avenue, South Shields, boasts 39 audience seats and an array of the latest high-tech recording and performance wizardry to provide students with hands-on experience of gigging and studio techniques.

Lecturers hope it will inspire a future generation of talent, with the college’s music department having previously helped Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall and Field Music’s David and Peter Brewis get their careers off the ground.

Alison Maynard, principal for professional and vocational courses at the college, said: “We believe that providing students with industry-standard facilities and equipment is imperative to preparing them for a successful career in the music industry.

“Studio 5 allows for the best possible experience of performing and of learning about the way studios work and operate, and it is a tremendous facility.”

The college runs a range of music courses, including a two-year foundation degree involving a tour of venues such as Liverpool’s Cavern Club and the O2 Academy in Newcastle.

For more information, call 427 3900 or visit www.stc.ac.uk

Music students will be entertaining crowds at the Amphitheatre in Sea Road, South Shields, on Thursday as part of the South Tyneside Summer Festival.

The free concert will run from 7pm to 9pm.

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