WATCH: Performing arts academy's emotional ‘virtual’ performance

29 April 2020

Aston Performing Arts Academy have released a ‘virtual’ performance in a bid to capture the mood of the region during lockdown.

The Birmingham-based academy, who are regular performers at the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce’s annual dinner and awards, came together from 28 different locations across the West Midlands to perform ‘Get Here’.

The performance of the 1990 Oleta Adams track was premiered at the Big Brum Black Tie Bash online event hosted by Elegant Entertainment earlier this month.

You can watch the performance below.

APAA wanted to use the message of the song, to try and encapsulate the thoughts and feelings of a nation desperately wanting to be with their loved ones, says creative director Tru Powell.

“During this time of lockdown, people look to the arts and the creative sector by way of escapism,” said Tru.

“We wanted to not only put a song out that would remind us of this period in years to come but also provide a much needed creative digital platform for our young people to get involved in. I really couldn’t be happier with how the young people have responded to a new digital offering.”

APAA is a community interest organisation committed to empowering the lives of young people through performing and creative arts.

This is mainly achieved through offering music tuition and providing valuable performance opportunities to the next generation of emerging talent in Birmingham.

Currently working with up to 100 young people, the academy continues to grow and recruit more budding stars at a rapid pace.

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