210713_Castle_Concerts_Under_SiegeThousands of young people and their families enjoyed a hot summer afternoon of free music at Rochester Castle Gardens on Sunday, 21 July. Young performers from around Medway took part in Under Siege, Medway’s free concert showcasing the musical talents of young people in the area.

Part of Medway’s Festival of Music 2013, the event provided young performers the unique opportunity of performing on the same stage as this year’s Castle Concerts acts, including Status Quo, The Wanted, Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet, ABC and Go West as well as The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

There were 19 acts in the line-up, covering everything from pop covers to heavy rock, soft ballads and screaming guitar rifts. Students took part from many schools and colleges around the area, including The Howard School, Kings Rochester, Sir Joseph Williams Mathematical School, Rainham School for Girls, the Hundred of Hoo Academy, the Rochester Grammar School, Greenacre Academy, MidKent College, Rainham Mark and Robert Napier Schools.

Jessica Agboola from The Rochester Grammar School is a vocalist whose styles include soul, acoustic, jazz and R&B. Speaking about Sunday’s concert she said: “The adrenalin rush is just ridiculous – and the crowd are so friendly and helpful.” Medway Council Leader Cllr Rodney Chambers added: “It’s surprising to think that Under Siege started six years ago in 2008. It has become a great platform to showcase the talent of Medway’s young people, and continues to grow year-on-year.”

Under Siege is organised by Medway Council in partnership with Training Them Live and MidKent College.