The Institute, Masons House, Valley Drive, was based in Hampstead for over a hundred years, but relocated to Kingsbury in January. Dedicated to life-long learning, The Institute, offers courses in a range of subjects, but specialises in the arts.
Their open day showcased the range of courses they offer, but also brought the community together with demonstrations, taster classes and performances from a vibrant mix of performers.
Kingsbury High School has been working with Brent Rock School over the last year and the open day gave students the opportunity to come together and perform in front of the Mayor of Brent, Councillor Lesley Jones MBE; Councillor Muhammed Butt; Tessa Awe, Chief Executive at CVS Brent; and the local community.
Present in the audience was Head of Music at Kingsbury High School, Matthew Dominé, who said “I had the pleasure of attending the Open Day at the newly opened Institute in Kingsbury. This was a fantastic day with lots to see and hear and it was great to find out about the opportunities the Institute has to offer the local community. I was especially looking forward to watching some of the talented Kingsbury High School students performing with the Brent Rock School.
“We have been very fortunate to have cultivated a very positive relationship with the Brent Music Service and his has led to Kingsbury High students having some of the best peripatetic instrumental teachers I have had the pleasure of working with. The Brent Rock school, led by Mike McKenzie & Chris Lagos, has been running for the past year at Kingsbury High and attending students have improved significantly musically and also in their ability to play together as a band. There were two fantastic solo performances from Taaha Doraid (Vocals & Guitar) & Emily Snow (Vocals & Guitar) with Emily playing one of her own songs – with lyrics that will have her mother worrying that she is desperate to move to Paris or Tokyo. There were also a number of ensemble performances which featured Jennika Vadher (Keyboard & Guitar), Henry Pearce (Keyboard & Guitar), Zeina Idani (Vocals), Emily Snow (Vocals) & Shelby Lattany (Vocals). They have really gelled as a group and entertained a large crowd which included the Mayor of Brent.
“I am really looking forward to hearing more performances from these extremely talented students and also to possible future link ups with The Institute.”
Mike McKenzie, Brent Rock School co-ordinator added “It was great to stand back and watch the excitement from the students while setting up and sound checking the drums, bass, guitars, keyboard and vocals.
“Performance time was fantastic and the audience was really enjoyed it. The students played 8 songs and kept the audience engaged with banter between songs and great music ranging from Rock, R&B and Pop Music.”