Surrounded by towering Dutch buildings, cobbled roads and endless canals, Solent’s own music performance students spent 5 days in Amsterdam making new connections and showing off their musical talent.
The trip was organised by Music Performance/Production lecturers Esther Frake, Paul Rutter and Daniel Pennie as part of enrichment week for music courses. During the week, as well as an inevitable canal boat ride and visit to the Heineken brewery, students performed as in small venues around the city as their bands or solo (Djuno, BASH!) such as The Waterhole in central Amsterdam and Moira in Utrecht, introducing themselves to locals and other visitors.
The students also got a chance to visit the STEIM (the studio for Electro- Instrumental Music), which is a unique centre where artists and musicians can uniquely develop instruments for their work. They were shown various interactive sculptures made from speakers, recorded sounds, wood and water to create a musical instrument.
While visiting the University of Arts in Utrecht, students worked collaboratively to write and perform a song. To being the song writing process, performers divided themselves up in to vocalists, drummers, bassists and guitarists to then form a small band with people they don’t usually work with. Given just over an hour and a half to come up with new material, students came together at the end and performed successfully to the rest of the group.
Visiting Amsterdam offered opportunities for overseas work placements and other exciting events to participate in expanding fan bases.