This week some of our students have had the pleasure of a fantastic workshop from BBC Cumbria & BBC Introducing.
All of Year 7 took part in the workshop, as part of their careers guidance work this year, giving them an insight into careers in the music industry at both performance level and radio show producing.
This was also delivered to year 10, 11 & 12 students who take Performing Arts or are musicians.
The team from BBC Cumbria/BBC Introducing was broadcast journalist Tom Salmon, who is a local and attended Whitehaven School. He talked through his career going from working in a local theatre, Rosehill, to producing his own university radio show to landing his job at BBC.
The performers were half of the band Flynt – Brad Kavanagh and Emma Dockeray, both ex-students of St Benedict’s. They spoke of their journey in music from performances at school, to individual artists to forming the band and performing recently at Maida Vale studio in London.
Mrs Young, Head of Year for Year 7 organised the visit. She said:
“It has been fantastic to have the BBC Introducing team and members of Flynt here today. The students have thoroughly enjoyed hearing about their career journeys into the music industry, and were captivated by some fantastic performances too.”
“I feel that it is important for our students here to recognise that successful careers in the arts are a real option for them, if that is something that they are interested in. Sometimes it is easy to think that because we live on the west coast of Cumbria, and not in a big city, that these sorts of jobs are unattainable or unrealistic.”
“For our students to see three young local people doing so well, so early on in their careers, it really is inspiring. The students really engaged with our visitors and asked some fantastic questions. I’m positive that Flynt, and BBC Radio Cumbria, have gained a few extra fans as a result of today.”