The Charlatans support student music awards at Shrewsbury College

The Charlatans support student music awards at Shrewsbury College

Tia Lewis and Martin Blunt

Music Technology students at Shrewsbury College were rewarded for their efforts at their annual awards ceremony this week – with one scooping the main accolade named after former Charlatans’ drummer, Jon Brookes.

The Jon Brookes Award for Endeavour was established after Mr Brookes, former drummer with world-renowned British Indie band The Charlatans, became affiliated with the College when he helped to launch its Roland Academy for Music in 2009.

Over the years he held student workshops focused on both drumming and working in the music industry as a whole, which included impressive personal demonstrations as well as giving students the opportunity to play alongside him to famous tracks by his band.

In late 2013, Jon passed away from a brain tumour. But his legacy through the College lives on through Martin Blunt, bass guitarist with The Charlatans, who returns each year to present the award, in honour of his former bandmate.

Second year Level 3 Music Technology student, Tia Lewis aged 18, scooped The Jon Brookes Award for Endeavour.

Tia said: “This is a huge shock – I’ve never won anything like this before but it’s brilliant!”

Other prizes and certificates handed out to students who had achieved a lot and made exceptional contributions to the course this year, as part of the College’s annual Arts & Skills Festival, included:

  • Outstanding Effort and Hard Work – Brodie Normandin
  • Best Song – Jade Lloyd
  • Most Influential – Steven Kershaw
  • Most Improved Performer – Josh James
  • Outstanding Contribution – Joseph Carolan
  • Best Electronic Composition – Will Hunter

Music Technology lecturer at Shrewsbury College, Rob Wear commented: “We chose Tia as the overall winner as she has shown incredible determination and has worked exceptionally hard.  The progress she has made over the past two years is outstanding.”

Tia, who came to the College from Ludlow School, is planning to pursue a career as a solo singer and guitarist.

Martin Blunt commented: “Jon always spoke highly of the College and what was being achieved here. It means a lot to me to help support this award in Jon’s memory and to encourage the future of young musical talent.”

To find out more about Music courses, including new Higher Education courses which start in September at Shrewsbury College, pop in to the next advice event, on Monday 4 July, visit or call 01743 342411.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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