An evening with APAA was the third installment of APAA’s chain of 10 events in the month of April 2016 that are used to mark the academy’s 10th anniversary. Taking place on the 8th April, at APAA’s very own stomping ground, Birmingham Conservatoire, the sold out event attracted over 150 people who came to spend some time with APAA.

Hosted by local creative, Marika Bee, the event showcased the majority of the academy’s performers and musicians. The Southside Producer gave the event the sparkle it needed with her bubbly personality and deep-rooted passion for the arts.

An evening with APAA was an event that featured both performances and discussions. The evening started with the host imparting a few facts about APAA before using this information to test the audience periodically throughout the evening. The JuniorZ then gave an amazing performance, followed by a question and answer session. After such time the academy choir took to the stage. Similar to the JuniorZ, the AC performed and then took questions from both the host and audience. Elements of Song was the last group to take the stage which was followed by a plethora of questions from the audience. The night however clearly belonged to Hadassa Nelson, a veteran of the academy who not only shared her turbulent journey of 10 years with APAA but also gave a magical performance of Beyonce’s 1+1 which was the perfect end to a great evening and further highlighted the amazing work APAA are doing.

In and amongst the performances, the members of the Music Department were also recognized and questioned by the host and audience members. The event was the perfect opportunity for Birmingham to get to know APAA members personally.

The event was the third event in a month long string of events, in what APAA has coined ‘Artspril’. #InspiringBrum is the next event to take place at the Old Rep on Friday 15th April, a purposely built show that addresses some issues young people in Birmingham face daily through performing arts. Amongst other fantastic events, the month long celebration will end with a glitzy Recognition and Fundraising Ball at the Aston Villa FC on the 29th April 2016. Within the 30 days in April, the activities are set to see APAA work with up to 200 young people on and off stage with attendance from 2500 people from the local and business community.

Dannica White, Development Manager for APAA commented,

This event was key for APAA to show to the audience who we were and exactly what we do. There is an entire team behind APAA who all work very hard and we wanted Birmingham to see this. Events like this are very rare for us but we felt like it was the perfect opportunity to share this information whilst we celebrate 10 years in the biz. The event was very successful and I my favorite part of the event was to see how honest and sincere each member of the academy was.

More of the event images can be found here.

Please find information on all events taking place in ‘Artspril’ here…

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