College Music Project

After the success of the 1st college music project with Peterborough Regional College and Leicester College. The Project returned providing more opportunities for students. Work from the #CollegeMusicProject becomes part of #TheAudioYellowBook a digital wellbeing resource, providing simple tools, practices, spoken word & music with the aim to help empower people in maintaining their health.

Both colleges once again wrote the project in to their curriculum producing songs in composition lessons using the winning poem ‘Mindfulness’ by Helen Washington from The Yellow Book to create the lyrics. They were then asked to record it and submit it to the college music department.

The College Music Showcase

Acts from Leicester and Peterborough performed at the Sue Townsend Theatre to become the next rethinkyourmind music artist in front of a judging panel including Tony Brookes, tour manager of artists including The Kooks, Cerys Matthews, Beverley Knight and many more. SuRie, who was selected to represent the UK at Eurovision 2018, and acclaimed music video director Tom Clarkson. The panel spoke to all students attending about their time in the industry and answered questions from the audience. The event was compered by actor Ken Huggett and stage managed by students at Leicester College.


Will Barkhouse

Will Barkhouse from Peterborough Regional College was selected as the Overall Winner becoming the next rethinkyourmind music artist and having tracks feature on #TheAudioYellowBook. Will joined us at The House of Lords Prize Presentation where he collected his prize and was published in The Yellow Book.


#TheAudioYellowBook Track

With his winning recording time Will recorded 2 tracks in the studio. His track ‘Brother’ was played on BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire and can be heard below. His track ‘My Peace’ is being prepared for #TheAudioYellowBook. Will selected his winning cover art from pieces submitted in to the project by those at The Leventhorpe School in Hertfordshire.


Back 23

Back 23 from Leicester College were chosen as Best Live Act & recorded their track at Deadline Studios. Hear their track below.



Twisted from Peterborough Regional College will be recording in September with page being updated then


Students Film Event

Leicester College and Their Creative Media Students doing a BTEC Extended Diploma filmed the #rethinkyourmind #CollegeMusicProject at the Sue Townsend Theatre Leicester




“It was inspiring to see our students engage with this exciting project and gain recognition for their creative visions in music, filmmaking and visual arts. The students were able to put their artistic skills towards tackling vitally important issues, and reach out to bring people together through their artistic expression.”

Kirsty Munro. Creative and Performing Arts, Leicester College.


We send a huge thank you to all the students and staff from Leicester College and Peterborough Regional College and the fantastic assessors who came to inspire the students. We are looking forward to the growth of the project. Thanks to all involved.

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