Students show star quality at charity concert

music service - dimbleby - resizedMUSIC students from East Sussex performed in front of a veteran broadcaster at a charity fund-raising concert.

Kit Kat and the Crunchies, a group of students from East Sussex Academy of Music at Sussex Downs Lewes College, performed at the Towner gallery, in Eastbourne, at a concert held to raise money for the town’s St Wilfred’s Hospice.

The crowd of several hundred included staff and supporters of the hospice and local dignitaries, including BBC Question Time presenter David Dimbleby, a supporter of the charity.

The concert followed hot on the heels of a performance by the group at the college’s Eastbourne Campus for its apprenticeships awards ceremony.

Richard Sigsworth, acting head of the East Sussex Music Service, said: “The two concerts offered another opportunity for the students to perform before a sizeable crowd, and they were thrilled to meet one of the country’s best-known broadcasters.”

Kit Kat and the Crunchies are bassist Matt Clues, from Brighton, singer Ella Croucher, from Brighton, guitarist Natalie Çaushaj, from Brighton, drummer Alfie Dyer, from Hastings, pianist Joe Thomas, from Hastings and guitarist George Nicola, from Hastings

The music service and the academy of music are East Sussex County Council-run services which provide music tuition and teaching alongside a range of concert groups, choirs, wind bands and ensembles.

More information about how to get involved with lessons in and out of school is available by calling 01273 336770.