PLATFORM One students organised, hosted and performed at their own end-of-year event.

As part of their BTEC extended diploma in music, aimed at preparing them for the music industry, the Isle of Wight music students held the event at Strings Bar and Venue, Newport, last Friday.

They advertised the event and even sold their own merchandise.

More than 150 tickets were sold, with proceeds going towards their end-of-year awards evening, where they will be presented with their degree certificates.

Platform One director David Pontin said: “We’re always so proud of our students. So much hard work has gone into this final project.”

The students were equally full of praise for the Isle of Wight music college.

Guitarist Redd Marsh, 19, from East Cowes, said: “P-One is so well organised. We have all the latest equipment.”

Elliot Parsons, also 19, from Newport, said: “It’s been a really fun year. The Island is a beautiful place, the air is clean, it’s got its own kind of charm. From a musical perspective, it’s really quite inspirational.”

Friederike Skeet, 18, currently working towards a performance diploma alongside her BTEC, said: “The Island’s very different, it’s very good for the music scene.”

Friederike, who was born in Germany and moved to the Island in 2006, listens primarily to classical music and cites Renee Fleming as an inspiration.

Adam Tabner, head of year, said: "This year has involved a lot more independent study, where we say to them, 'show us what you can do.' They should be very proud of themselves."

Thanks to Allan Marsh for the pictures.

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