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KES School Band Contest

posted 10 May 2011, 02:15 by Unknown user
The Band contest was held at the the Kuwait English School on Monday, April 25th. The idea to hold a contest came from the staff of KES who felt that this would be a great opportunity to showcase some of the outstanding young musical talent currently studying at the School. The British Business Forum decided to support the project as part of the BBF Scholarship program. The BBF were represented at the event by directors Andrew Houston and David Batterby, assisted by BBF secretary, Rose William. The judging panel consisted of Head Judge and Spokesperson Barry Stokes with Danielle Houston, Fiona McKay and Simon Whitman making up the rest of the team.

The competition consisted of 5 bands each performing a song composed by themselves. The audience were treated to variety of styles ranging from progressive instrumental through to arrangements featuring complex vocal harmonies. The voting was extremely close with only one point separating the top 2 bands. The winning band are are a five piece group consisting of 3 boys and 2 girls and calling themselves "The Lights". The band members include Bethel Embaie, Aliak Bedirian, Daniel Berger, Mohamad Tayyara and Arnab Gogoi.   

The Lights will be travelling to London in the second week of June and will spend 2 days having their song recorded, edited and mixed at Metropolis, the largest independent recording studio in Europe. A host of leading international artists have recorded there including Madonna, Take That, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and Elton John. We will be using Studio A, the same studio where Queen recorded their Innuendo album. Whilst the band is in London they will also be making appearances on national TV and local radio. 

The Lights will be releasing a DVD featuring the competition and the trip to London. Later this year the band will perform at the British Embassy at a special event at the invitation of  the British Ambassador.
The BBF sees this as a great opportunity to capture the spirit of the 50:20 celebrations. By showcasing local talent in Kuwait we hope to demonstrate the ability of music to create international links and career opportunities.