2018 was another great year for the musicians and singers who’ve studied at Leyton Sixth Form College.

It was a fantastic year for Leyton Sixth Form College graduate NAO who released her second album in October. She started her worldwide Tour ‘Saturn’ early this year after some eagerly-awaited UK dates at the end of 2018, including support for Lauryn Hill as part of her 20th Anniversary Tour.

2018 was also an important year for Leyton Sixth Form College artist Lylo Gold whose new EP Heartache & Wray featured as one of the top UK EP releases by BBC 1Xtra’s Jamz Supernova.

There were also notable single releases from ex-students M.I. and Kateshia Marie. Fresh off the back of winning BBC One’s primetime talent show Pitch Battle with the Leeds Contemporary Singers, M.I (Miss Idele) continues to develop her solo career collaborating with artists such as Heretic. Kateshia Marie’s continues to find a following through tracks such as LDLH which was was picked up by Reprezent.

Solomon’s Graden, featuring Leyton Sixth Form College graduate vocalist Erika Torres, released a new EP Naked Bearings. Solomon’s Garden were picked up by BBC Introducing and featured as one of their ‘Records of the Week’. With a slot at the Latitude Festival under their belt they’re definitely ones to watch on the British Neo-Soul scene.

The Skints, featuring Leyton Sixth Form College graduate drummer Jamie Kyriakides, continued to perform in Europe and the US. 2019 will see them busy on the festival circuit again including the NASS Festival and Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival in Las Vegas.

Another widely travelled graduate was vocalist Louise LaBelle who continued to work with a wide range of artists including touring to various countries with the Crystal Fighters.

Multi-talented ex-student Rachel Adedeji, previously of X Factor fame, side-stepped from singing to acting as she played the role of Lisa Loveday in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks.

Many of our graduate musicians continued to feature in the industry in the various guises involved in working as musicians, singers and DJs. Drummer Chloe Burke combined work with different bands with playing for touring and West End theatre productions, including the amazing Misty at Trafalgar Studios. DJ Dnny continued to enjoy a big following on the London circuit through his live events and mixtapes. Stefan Adamson continued to work as the accompanist for artist Monique-Danielle, also playing an important role in the music agency start-up Iglu Music. Vanessa Jamie meanwhile, continued to perform, supporting artists such as Ruth Ellen.

Music teaching at Leyton Sixth Form College is part of LSC Expressive Arts, a specialist department for Performing Arts and Music courses with excellent links with the creative industries. Our graduates continue to achieve the best start to their careers by going on to study at the UK’s top music conservatoires including Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Trinity Laban and Leeds College of Music.

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