Cliff Park student to open Rock Concert at Wembley Arena

A 15-year-old student from Cliff Park Ormiston Academy, Roddy 'Ryan' Brewer, has won the opportunity to open the Transformation Trust's 'Rock Assembly' in front of 10,000 people on 13 July 2017 at Wembley Arena.

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The Transformation Trust is an education charity dedicated to providing students across the country with opportunities and experiences that help them develop skills and build their confidence. This is the 7th year Rock Assembly has been running and the line-up includes Gavin James, Sarah Close, Vanessa White and the Vamps.

As part of the event, a national competition was held to find a student band or artist to open the concert. The application process involved students submitting examples of their live performances, as well as putting together a detailed plan outlining how they would successfully market their first album.

Roddy, who has been singing since the age of six, fought off tough competition, with the judging panel being impressed with his strong stage presence. Roddy has built up his confidence and talent through entertaining holidaymakers at Potters Leisure Resort in Hopton-On-Sea and performing with his dad in a live band every Sunday in front of an audience of over 400 people.

Roddy is hoping to build on his successes by continuing to perform gigs at local restaurants and events. Recently, Roddy also had the opportunity to perform at the OAT Annual Awards Ceremony in March.

OAT is committed to inspiring young people to help develop their skills, talents and character through a wide range of activities through their Enrichment Charter, a policy which provides opportunities for students to visit galleries, museums, live theatre, and music performances.

Cliff Park Ormiston Academy will be taking 100 students and staff to Wembley to support Roddy's success.

Amy Leonard, Chief Executive of the Transformation Trust, said:

"Rock Assembly is all about encouraging young people to “think big” – we want every young person coming along to recognise and celebrate their talents. Through our Class Act competition, Roddy’s talent really shone through, and we are delighted that he will be performing on the iconic SSE Wembley stage to an audience of 10,000. He truly is a star in the making!"

Roddy Brewer, student at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy said:

"I am honoured to be part of this prestigious event and hope that it opens the door to more opportunities. I would like to thank the staff and teachers at Cliff Park for their support - it is much appreciated. Special thanks of course must go to my fantastic family, parents and friends for their love and support."

Tamsin Poulter, Principal of Cliff Park Ormiston Academy, said:

"We are all very proud of Roddy and cannot wait to see him on stage at Wembley. Cliff Park prides itself on developing its students to be the best that they can be and Roddy embodies that positive can-do attitude."