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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Children star in Ulverston rock band show

CHILDREN performed in a rock band during a charity gig.

The South Lakes Rock School band members who performed on Saturday ranged from nine to 57 years old.

Students chose charities Help for Heroes and Leonard Cheshire Disability to benefit from the show at the Coronation Hall, Ulverston.

The band opened with Chuck Berry’s Johnny B Goode and closed with Mr Brightside by The Killers.

Leslie Harris and Andy Reay run the group based in Ulverston.

Mr Reay, who sang vocals during many of the numbers, said: “This is our fourth live rock show. We have been hosting two a year.

“It’s really good to give our students the experience of performing live.

“I think one of the best parts about the lessons we offer is that at the end of every session they get to jam with their tutor for 15 minutes.

“This keeps it fun and reminds them that it’s not all about achieving grades. The theme of today’s show was rock through the ages.”

Other classic hits included The Undertones hit Teenage Kicks, Smoke on the Water originally by Deep Purple and Metallica hits Enter Sandman and Nothing Else Matters.

More modern tunes included a string of Green Day songs in the second half of the show and Foo Fighters’ Learn to Fly.

Home-schooled Sophie Jones, 15, of Ribble Gardens, Walney, said: “I’ve been in the group for about 18 months.

“I have been singing since I was really little, but I wasn’t good. I sounded like a dying cat.

“The tutors have been really great in helping me and I have progressed a lot.

“When I started I was really shy and never would have got on stage to sing, certainly not on my own.”

Sophie sang several solo parts during the show, including the Evanescence song, My Immortal, in the second set.

She added: “I like singing because it takes you away from everything.”

Sophie is due to start at Furness Academy in September.

Mum Rebecca Killip, 35, said of Sophie: “We didn’t even know she could sing.

“We had no idea because she was very shy.

“She never would have sung on stage before.”

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