Flora Gossage L6 writes: Harvey Hall pulsated to the sounds of indie and alternative rock music at the hugely anticipated Battle of the Bands.
A staggering total in excess of £1000 was raised for school charity the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Service during an evening produced and directed by Flora Gossage and Bella Lloyd Webber L6.
The highly competitive event drew musicians from schools as far afield as Marlborough, Radley and The Academy of Contemporary Music as well as local bands from St Swithun’s and Peter Symonds. Performances took place in front of a packed auditorium and eminent gurus from the music industry. Chairing the panel was Jeremy Marsh, vice chairman of Warner Bros Records UK, who pulled no punches when it came to critiquing the talent. Sitting alongside Jeremy and offering words of advice and encouragement were David Wilson and Fiona McDougal members of the band Untouched.
“It has been a real pleasure to come here and judge the bands,” said Jeremy, “I have seen some incredible talent this evening, and with a few more gigs behind them I can see a number of the bands going a long way.”
The first prize went to the group Badlands from Radley School winning them tickets to see Muse at the Emirates stadium next summer.