The launch of the new Star Academy was music to the ears of Darlington College students – quite literally.
Fresh from a tour of South America, singer/songwriter Antonio Lulic performed an intimate set to a select audience to launch the new Academy, which opens its doors in September 2015.
The gig, at the college’s Media Design Centre, was the first of many treats planned over the next year by the Star Academy of Broadcasting and Digital Journalism.
Antonio has just returned from a tour of Chile and Brazil, where he has been opening for Ed Sheeran, and over the next few weeks will be touring England supporting Nizlopi.
But last night (Tuesday) he took time out of his busy schedule to play a set of his hits from his EP ‘Son’ and take part in a Q & A session with journalism students.
Despite playing to packed arenas of up to 16,000 people across the UK, Europe, the USA, Australia and South America, Antonio told the Darlington College audience he found intimate gigs “more scary in many ways”.
With just the aid of an acoustic guitar, he delighted the audience with his own compositions including: Beckoning Drum & City of Austin, Texas, and even had the students joining in the chorus of the final song.
The Star Radio Academy of Broadcasting and Digital Journalism is launching a Level 3 BTEC course in September, aimed at giving students the chance to develop the skills for a range of careers in journalism, public relations and marketing.
Students will have access to the latest industry-standard video and radio facilities at the college and will be taught by industry professionals.
“We are delighted this exciting and unique course has been launched in great style by Antonio,” said Alan Jones, Curriculum Manager for this area.
“This was the first of our ‘Star Gigs’ at Darlington College and marks the beginning of an exciting venture between the college and Star Radio, offering youngsters a great opportunity to kick-start careers in journalism, presenting, radio production and marketing.”
The chance to interview Antonio after the set proved a hit with students too. Rebecca Parkinson, a current BTEC Level 3 student, said: “It was great to video and photograph Antonio as he performed and be given the chance to interview him. This is great experience and we didn’t even have to leave the college to do it.”
For more information on our Journalism and Media courses, including the Star Academy – Broadcast and Journalism course, visit the subject area Games, Media and Journalism