As part of ICMP’s ongoing drive to develop international networks, students from its BA Songwriting course travelled to Italy last month to play at the ICMP Off live showcase in collaboration with Italian music school, Altramusica.
The event took place at the Osteria S’Ciavinaro venue in Veneto and was just one of a number of performances and experiences enjoyed by ICMP students, Eduardo ZoSo Giusto, Namugga, Helena Cate, Bronte Clare, Ellie Grace, Diamantina and Tessa MacGibbon.
The collaboration was the brainchild of Luca Pellizzaro, one of the founders of Altramusica and the creator of London Music Weekend, a project where Italian music students travel to the UK to perform and network.
Helena Cate said:
‘We played four gigs altogether. Most were outdoors, except the last one which was an intimate living room gig. It was an amazing experience playing for a different crowd every night and cheering each other on. I really feel like I learned a lot and grew as a performer, not to mention getting to spend time with a bunch of amazing people both from Italy and ICMP.’
Ellie Grace said:
‘It was honestly one of those ‘I’ll remember this forever’ experiences. The venues were unlike anywhere I’ve ever played, the audiences were lovely and just the feeling of taking my music into Europe was so exciting. I feel so so lucky to have been a part of it and it was a real taste of how I want to spend my future.’
David Howells, ICMP Commercial Director, said:
‘Our partnerships are based on the simple aim of working with quality providers to find win-win options allowing both organisations to improve their respective businesses and opportunities for students.’