Brighton BIMM students are live streaming to your sofa

Students at BIMM Institutes around the country – including Brighton – are combining as the next generation of musicians resolve to stream live to your sofa.

Anna Anise is among the students taking part
Anna Anise is among the students taking part

Spokeswoman Shelley Welti said: “Music has always been something to turn to when times get tough – from Dame Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again evoking wartime spirit to Sir Elton John’s version of Candle In The Wind to commemorate the life of Princess Diana, and even the iconic I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor, sung by many partners whose love has been unrequited. Music brings connection, hope and makes people forget about their worries for a while.

“Now more than ever music and its benefits are needed. With many celebrities including Chris Martin, John Legend and Keith Urban streaming live concerts from home for fans to enjoy, the next generation of musicians are also getting involved, bringing you fresh performances every Wednesday afternoon, to break up those COVID-19 blues.

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“Talented BIMM Institute students are playing to the nation, live from their living rooms, as part of the BIMM Lockdown Sessions on Facebook, each and every Wednesday during the pandemic. So whether you’re working from home or self-isolating, tune in and enjoy free concerts performed by the industry’s up and coming artists.

“Students from across all of BIMM Institute’s eight colleges – London, Manchester, Dublin, Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham, Hamburg and Berlin – invite you into their homes for intimate gigs, with acoustic versions of old favourites and brand new songs, written by them, showcasing their raw talents.

“Created by songwriting student Anna Partridge, the BIMM Lockdown Sessions aim to not only showcase the best up and coming artists, currently studying at BIMM, but also inspire connection too.”

Anna said: “Connection with our fellow students and our communities is so important, not just for our creativity but also for our mental health.

“When I found out we were going into isolation I wanted to take action to help keep a student culture. It took me a few days and lots of ideas but I settled on the BIMM Lockdown Sessions as a way to give artists performance opportunities and have something exciting to look forward to – as well as a place for students to support each other, interact and be reminded that we're all in the same boat right now and no one is alone in finding it strange and tough.”

Anna adds: “These artists are among so many in the industry who have lost their income, gigs and plans for the summer due to the virus. These sessions give them the opportunity to gain followers and connect with an online audience, as well as their peers. Support the sessions by watching the live streams, commenting and liking the new acts you've discovered and sharing your new artist favourites!

“Behind the scenes is a fantastic growing team that is gaining experience in social media

events, booking, graphic design and more, so this really is a worthwhile project in so many ways, and it's growing every week.”

Find the BIMM Lockdown Sessions on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BIMMLockdownSessions every Wednesday between 3-7pm.

BIMM Institute is Europe’s leading and largest music college, with independent colleges, providing industry-led degrees and diplomas to 6,000 students in London, Brighton, Bristol, Dublin, Birmingham, Manchester, Berlin and Hamburg.

Courses (such as guitar, bass, drums, vocals, songwriting, music production, music business, music marketing and event management) are led by professional tutors who themselves have worked and are respected within the music industry and are written to give students highly vocational and real-world knowledge for a long career.

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