Welcome to our English student interview with Sam Brookes. This is part of a series of interviews we’re running with Rockhaq pilot students. Although we’ve just relaunched the Rockhaq community, the project was first piloted in 2011-2012 with students from colleges in Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. Some of our original pilot students have now returned to the new community. We thought you may like to hear how Rockhaq workshops helped a pupil studying A Level English, hence this English student interview.
We’ve been discussing this for a while now – we’re also ready to announce a UK-wide/international competition too! – and we’re finally launching a special Leicester ArtBeat Festival writing competition. Huzzah, etc.
What’s this all about and why Leicester? Well I’m straight outta Leicester and grew up in Clarendon Park, and it’s my unique way of giving something back to the place. This is where I went to school, read rather obsessively and went to my first gigs. They changed my life, made me who I am *violins* and this is why I ran a special Rockhaq workshop for ArtBeat Festival last year.
As most of you will know, the legendary David Bowie passed away on 10 January 2016. He was just 69 years old. Along with the rest of the world it seems, Team Rockhaq and some of our community members were in shock on hearing this news. David Bowie’s musical influence on the 20th and 21st centuries just can’t be stated enough.
I remember when this album was released back in 2000 – and I also remember the reaction of some ‘die-hard’ Radiohead fans I knew at the time. Many, no doubt hoping for a return of the anaesthetised acoustic-guitar pop of their commercial breakthrough The Bends, were disappointed. I even knew one fan who described most of the tracks on Kid A as ‘rubbish’ and felt angry and betrayed at having to listen to these tracks when they went to see Radiohead live in 2000. Mind you, what do most fans really know about music?
School is now out for all our pilot students. We’re not resting though! We’re now gearing up for the next stage of Rockhaq, which includes making some changes to our site to get it ready for schools all over the UK to start joining the community for September 2012. We also have at least one big surprise coming up that nobody expected, not even us 😉
Team Rockhaq were invited to our first event, the Nottinghamshire music education hub launch, hosted by Nottinghamshire County Council sports and arts department (thanks to Mark Done for the invite and for devising such a great event) and The Minster School in Southwell, Nottinghamshire on Wednesday 4 July.
I’ve been waiting seventeen years for this moment.
That’s nearly two decades.
Obviously a lot can happen in that time. Relationships can start, blossom, grow and perish. A life can begin and diminish just as well. World wars can start and end. People’s careers can appear fruitless, moribund – but all of a sudden erupt to put them on a global stage, in front of the watchful eyes of millions of people.