Inaugural Gig Success for ‘In Motion’

Newly-formed Newton Abbot College Sixth Form band, ‘In Motion’, performed their first ever gig to an enraptured audience in late November.


The four-piece band formed in September, as part of the College’s hugely successful BTEC Music course, performing to fellow students, friends and family in the College’s Daphne Collman Auditorium as part of their exam on 23 November.

Sixth Form Band, 'In Motion' performing at their inaugural gig
Sixth Form Band, 'In Motion' performing at their inaugural gig

The diverse and eclectic set list included covers of Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’ as well as a mash-up of Coldplay’s ‘Everglow’ and ‘The Scientist’. The band, comprising drummer/bass guitar, Oliver Partridge, guitarist Ben Dobson, vocals / piano Katie Williams and vocalist Ellie Jackson wowed the audience with their incredible musicianship, emotional delivery and technical harmonies.

Students played an impressive set including an acoustic section
Students played an impressive set including an acoustic section

The gig marks the first in a long line of performance opportunities for the band throughout their two-year course. Vocalist Ellie Jackson was thrilled with their performance: “The gig was amazing and so much fun. This was our first time performing as a band and it was fantastic to see all our hard work pay off. It was lovely to see how many supporters we had in the audience! We are hoping to grow as a band in the future, perform more gigs both in and out of College and potentially record our debut album in the coming months.”

L-R Ben Dobson, Oliver Partridge, Ellie Jackson and Katie Williams
L-R Ben Dobson, Oliver Partridge, Ellie Jackson and Katie Williams

Team Leader of Music and Performing Arts, Rob Wilkinson, could not have been happier with the evening: “Once again, I am stunned by the incredible talent of our students. ‘In Motion’ have devised the entire gig from concept to delivery and their performance on the evening was first class. It is on evenings such as this that the importance and celebration of the arts in educational environments is made evident – we are proud, both as a department, and as a College, to help promote the work of these fantastically talented students.”

In Motion Newton Abbot College Ofsted Good Secondary School Music Btec 21
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