Shire Academies get ready to rock

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Aberdeenshire Academies will take to the stage this month to compete in the 2016 Rock Challenge at the Aberdeen AECC.

Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Mintlaw, Inverurie, Mearns and Mackie will all feature at the showcase event on April 23.

Teams as small as 20, or as large as 135 students, will have up to eight minutes to perform their chosen theme to an audience of family, friends, VIPs, sponsors and a panel of industry professionals.

Every aspect of the performance will have been devised, designed and created by the students and we will see a variety of themes from the tackling of current social issues to the retelling of real-life events or fictional pieces.

Samantha Eastwood, Senior Event Manager, said: “Every year we are amazed by the amount of time and effort that schools put into creating their Rock Challenge and J Rock performances.

“Schools learn the importance of team work and perseverance as their many hours or hard work pay off in spectacular performances.

She added: “This experience is the highlight of so many young people’s school careers and creates lasting memories for years to come.”

Involving more than 320 schools across the country this year’s UK Rock Challenge and J Rock tour is expected to reach 20,000 young people between the ages of 7 and 18 years old and upwards of 38,000 audience members.

Last year Peterhead Academy took third place at the UK finals in Milton Keynes and they narrowly missed out on Scene or Moment of the Year to West Lakes Academy in Cumbria.