Music student and local artist collaborate on charity CD in lockdown
22nd July 2020 9:31am - Return to press releases
East Riding College music student Wesley Trowell has produced a local recording artist’s latest CD – all whilst under lockdown. Wesley, 27 from Hull worked with Northern Soul singer Lou Lou as part of his HND in Music. The pair want to raise money for charity and to be able to donate a piece of equipment to the Music Academy at East Riding College in Hull, where Wesley has been a student for the last 5 years.
Like many musicians, the pair had to adapt to working under lockdown conditions, which closed the College facilities and meant that students had to complete their studies and finish project work online from home, with the assistance of tutors working remotely. Wesley, who has Cerebral Palsy and is an electric wheelchair user had adapt to lockdown more than most. He said, “It’s been a really unusual time to be a college student this year, but I was determined to work hard and complete the HND to the best of my ability.” Wesley impressed his personal assistant Richard so much, that he nominated him for Viking FM’s Good People Doing Good feature to celebrate his achievements.
Wesley, a former winner of the Youth Enterprise Services’ enterprise student of the year, has completed his HND and hopes to study for one more year at Hull College to make his HND into a degree. He said, “I’ve studied at the College for 7 years in total, 2 years in the media department and 5 years in the Music Academy. I have really enjoyed my studies and learning about the music industry overall. I have also become skilled in using Digital Audio Workstations to produce and master music electronically. I felt I wanted to give something back and that’s where the CD project came in.”
Wesley and Louise Montgomery-Peace – stage name Lou Lou - have known each other for two years, having met through the thriving local music scene in Hull. Louise sings in local pubs and clubs and collaborated on Wesley’s HND project to record both live and studio music. Wesley produced the CDs as a thank you in addition to his course work. They’re to be sold at future gigs and Wesley is currently selling them on Facebook Marketplace with free postage and packaging. Any profits will go towards Viking FM’s cash for kids appeal and the purchase of some new equipment for the College’s Music Academy, which is based in Hull.
Music student Wesley Trowell