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Up-and-coming musicians supported by Yamaha

The Under 18s act category, new to Rock the House this year, was well supported by Yamaha who provided equipment, engineers, and part of the winners' prize, writes Erica Basnicki.

Ten finalists from this year’s Rock the House Under 18s category came together for the final at Northampton’s Roadmender in mid-May. Now in its second year, Rock The House is a national Parliamentary talent search founded by Mike Weatherley, MP for Hove and Portslade that celebrates both undiscovered British talent and the live venues that support them. The Under 18s act category is new this year, and the youngsters were well supported by Yamaha, who supplied the event. At FOH behind an M7CL-48ES digital console was Karl Christmas, senior manager at Yamaha Commercial Audio UK. Regional sales manager Richard McLean manned an identical desk at the monitor position, and the entire evening was MC’d by Yamaha Professional Music’s Joe Emsden. “It was quite a challenging show to mix, because each act only performed one song and they were all so different,” said Christmas. “You only just had the chance to get a mix right and then they were finished and we were preparing for the next act.” In the end, Runcorn-based five-piece Stoneway (pictured here with judges Jeremy Ward, Ray Meadham, Steve Levine and Gavin Thomas) took the top prize, including £750 of Yamaha musical equipment and a live gig on the Terrace of the House of Commons at the finale reception for the overall Rock The House competition. The difficult task of judging the event was given to producer Steve Levine, Ray Meadham (head of Northampton based A’n’R music), Jeremy Ward (executive director of Rockshcool uk), Planet Rock radio breakfast show presenter Paul Anthony, and Yamaha drum marketing manager Gavin Thomas. Photo credit: James Cumpsty