Magical mystery tour as students visit Beatles’ cavern club

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MUSIC students from South Tyneside College have followed The Beatles with their own tour of the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool.

They gigged at the venue made legendary by the Fab Four and from where Beatlemania was first sparked in the early 1960s.

To mark the special occasion, they performed Helter Skelter, a track from the band’s 1968 White Album.

The show was one of four played during a week-long mini-tour as a requirement of their two-year foundation music degree.

In all, 18 students in four groups also wowed crowds at Liverpool’s historic Adelphi Hotel as well as music pub The Brierfield, in Bolton, before rounding the tour off with a performance at the Customs House, South Shields.

Music lecturer Brian Morton said: “The Cavern is a fantastic venue to play, and is something they will always remember.

“It’s where it all started for British rock as before then everyone was listening to mostly American acts like Elvis Presley.

“Essentially, The Beatles started it and, of course, they remain very popular.

“The students are well aware of the group and the legendary Cavern Club, and what it means to play there. It’s great that they get to add that to their CV. The mini-tour gave them experience of what life is like on the road when they get to be working musicians.

“A lot of the students have experience of playing locally but being away is a different matter – it tests their versatility.”

The Applied Music Practice course musicians, aged 19 to 25, had rehearsed in advance, and were supported by three coachloads of students who travelled to the Cavern to support them.

The students, based at the college’s Westoe campus in South Shields, visit the Cavern once during their course and also tour Scotland.

As part of their course, each must also record an album of original songs.

The higher education Foundation Degree in Applied Music Practice is validated by the University of Sunderland, and is suitable for musicians joining direct from college or sixth-form or who are mature students with substantial music industry experience.

For school-leavers, the college also runs a range of full-time music courses, including venue/tour performance, studio production and the new ‘roadies’ course, sound crew and studio tech.

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