27th April 2016
Music star Craig David delighted students from several schools by performing a secret gig and answering questions at a special event held Coombeshead Academy in Newton Abbot. More than 200 pupils gathered to hear Craig sing several of his songs and answer their questions about his career. Among them were 15 of our Sixth Form and Year 11 students.
As the Torquay Herald Express reports (see link below), the singer was the special guest at a workshop held by BBC Radio 1 Academy ahead of their Big Weekend at Powderham Castle in May. He told the audience about everything, from the heights of his career to the most difficult periods of his life and he performed several songs including hits Fill Me In, 7 Days and When The Bassline Drops.
Mr Milne, who had organised the trip for our students, was very pleased with the occasion. 'It was a really interesting session, and agreat chance to see a huge star in action. Our pupils reperesented the school fantastically. It was particularly noticeable that at the the end of the interview by the radio presenter the floor was opened to pupils. Of the 200-250 people in the audience, 4 of them asked questions; 2 of these were our own Kieron Flowers and Oliver Holdup, and another one was an ex-Trinity pupil, Darcey Bowser - impressive confidence all round.'
The Radio 1 Academy aims to inspire local 16-19-year-olds to take the next step in creative careers and includes a series of special events, local engagement and face-to-face activity in the area, which began in Teignbridge this week and culminates in Exeter in May with a week of radio shows, gigs, practical workshops and Q&As.
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