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Inside Livewire Rock Academy’s Charity Concert

08 May Inside Livewire Rock Academy’s Charity Concert

Students from Livewire Rock Academy schools in Epping, Saffron Walden, Great Dunmow and Bishop’s Stortford will come together on May 13th at Rhodes in Bishop’s Stortford to perform their bi-annual charity concert.

The students will be performing songs they have been learning over the past 6 months, which include classic rock and pop like Back In Black (AC/DC), Come Together (The Beatles) and One Way Or Another (Blondie), along with more contemporary songs from the likes of Royal Blood, Foo Fighters, Jet and Green Day.

Livewire is the longest-established rock school in the area, set up by local promoters and musicians Simon Baker and Andy Wilson and managed by Jargon Lynch frontman Dean Austin.

Pupils learn technique, theory and performance skills in 2:1 lessons, then come together at the end of the hour session to play in the unique Livewire Jam, playing the songs they have been learning as part of their coaching.

Simon Baker says “Performance is a key ingredient in any musicians canon, and we’re the only music lesson in the area that teaches performance as a standard part of every lesson. This means that our students are preparing to play live, together as a group from their very first lesson. As a performer and musician I think it’s hugely important to be teaching these skills as part of every lesson so our students have the confidence to perform on stage”

Part of the concert will feature a performance by “Teenage Revolution”, a band comprising of members of the Saffron Walden and Great Dunmow schools who now rehearse in their own time as well as continuing to attend Livewire lessons.

“We’re massively proud of the members of Teenage Revolution” said manger Dean Austin. “They have formed a band outside of Livewire and are now playing gigs themselves using all the skills they have been learning at Livewire. We’re looking forward to seeing them perform in front of the audience on May 13th.

During the interval at the concert, Livewire Rock Academy will be holding one of their signature Rock Raffles, raising money for local causes. This year they will be donating money to Grove Cottage and giving away one of the latest digital Marshall amplifiers, donated to the concert by Marshall themselves, as well as runner-up prizes of drum sticks from the London Drumstick Company.

Tickets for the concert are available now from Rhodes at £7 each.

The concert will start at 6pm and finish at 9pm

For more information on Livewire Rock Academy and to book a free taster session (for adults or children), visit their website at or phone Dean Austin on 07941 670575