Music studio hits the right note for punk rock star

Hollington Youth Centre, Wishing Tree Road North. Opening of new music rehearsal room. 18.03.11. Picture by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY From left: Scott Chisholm (Bass Guitar), former Undertones singer and head of Uk Music Feargal Sharkey, Blake Brinkle (Drums) and Conner McKeown (Lead Guitar). CH12700a
Hollington Youth Centre, Wishing Tree Road North. Opening of new music rehearsal room. 18.03.11. Picture by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY From left: Scott Chisholm (Bass Guitar), former Undertones singer and head of Uk Music Feargal Sharkey, Blake Brinkle (Drums) and Conner McKeown (Lead Guitar). CH12700a

BUDDING young musicians will certainly get teenage kicks out of a new music studio unveiled by a pop legend.

Feargal Sharkey, launched the facility at Hollington Youth Centre in St Leonards on Friday (March 18), with the aim of promoting music among the town’s youth.

The studio, based at the centre in Wishing Tree Road North, boasts a brand new rehearsal room, practice room and a large selection of instruments.

The former Undertones frontman, who is now chief executive of UK Music, recognised that there was a thriving music scene here in 1066 Country, and said he hoped the new facility will help promote it further.

He said: “There are now 14 of these rehearsal spaces for young people around the UK and all of them have been specifically founded in areas where those young people were lacking such an opportunity to make and enjoy music.

“Hastings put forward a very strong proposal, and now here we are. From what I saw on Friday, this space will prove as popular as ones in Bristol, Liverpool or Cornwall. There’s certainly no lack of talent or enthusiasm in the town.”

The studio, known as the Hollington Music Rehearsal Space is a Government-funded project developed by East Sussex County Council and partner organisations including Hastings Borough Council (HBC).

Through additional funding from children’s charity Youth Music, it will offer a range of activities to help develop young people’s musical skills, such as workshop and taster sessions by professional musicians.

There will also be opportunities to take part in open rehearsal sessions and develop and record music demos.

Councillor Trevor Webb, lead member for leisure at HBC, said: “This is a wonderful project, giving young people the opportunity to develop and showcase their musical talent, while providing a fun activity for them to take part in.”