King James' School

AMP Awards finalists named

KJS has selected the band to go forward to the AMP Awards Finals from the school heat.

The AMP business team, Fortissimo, hosted the in-school ‘battle of the bands’ heat on December 17. As part of the project each school in the area has to have an in-school heat where one band is selected to represent the school at the area finals at the Royal Hall in Harrogate in February. All profit from the event goes to Pump Aid, which provides water to villages in deprived countries.

Fortissimo, made up of 11 Sixth Form students, had to organise and run the heat which included signing up bands, selling tickets and turning the S1 stage into a 1920’s themed hall.  

There were three bands competing in the event, with ages ranging from Year 10-Year 12. Wildfire, a three-piece group from Year 10, kicked the competition off with some innovative playing techniques, from a wooden box as percussion to beatboxing. The next band was The Wickersmiths, also from Year 10. They had a rock style and a very charismatic stage presence, performing some classics. The final band to take to the stage was a Year 11/12 band called The Alibi, who included one of their original songs with a very catchy tune! 

The King James’s AMP Award winners from 2012, Tweak, returned this year as a headline act. They have performed at local festivals and venues such as the Cockpit in Leeds and have benefitted greatly from this competition. They played an amazing set and had a spectacular reception from the crowd, bringing in many Tweak fans. 

The final result was decided by the judges, Mr Keeble and music teacher Miss Derbyshire. In the end, The Alibi were the overall winners, decided by the combined audience vote and the judges. They will now be heading to the AMP Awards area finals at the Royal Hall in Harrogate on February 11. 

Well done to all who competed!






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