Cutting Edge Concert To Help Japan's Children

Kedleston Road campus 504x257 Cutting Edge Concert To Help Japan's Children

Date posted: 8 April 2011

Musicians with a hi-tech edge will play at Derby Theatre in aid of charity Save the Children's Japan emergency appeal.

Sigma 7 play their own songs and cover versions of music by 'trip hop' pioneers Massive Attack and (appropriately for this gig) David Sylvian, former lead singer of 1980s pop group Japan.

But the band can argue its sound is unique - as it uses advanced audio technology rivalling that of some of the world's 'super groups', and developed at the University of Derby by some of its own members.

Music fans can experience Sigma 7's innovative use of multiple speakers, creating an all round sound experience, at a concert at Derby Theatre at 7.30pm on Friday April 15. Tickets will cost £3, with all profits going to Save the Children's Japan Emergency Appeal.

Support acts Alice and Jono, and solo singer Alex Jones, will also be performing.

John Crossley, Programnme Leader for Popular Music Production at the University and Sigma 7 member, said: "It will be a different and better sound experience compared to a normal gig. Traditionally bands play with speakers at the front, which have to be turned up painfully loud to 'push' the music through the crowd for everyone to hear.

"We have a multi-channel sound system with speakers right around the concert space, relaying music on ten channels or levels. That's better than a good home TV surround sound system, which usually delivers five channels of sound."

Sigma 7 are:

  • John Crossley - programmer, keyboards player, songwriter
  • Steve Faulkner - vocals (BA Hons Popular Music Production degree student)
  • Patcee Francis - vocals/songwriter
  • Lenroy Guiste - bass guitar
  • Steve Mitchell - guitar
  • Jon Cooksey - drums/percussion
  • Nigel Beer - trumpet.

John added: "What we've seen of the severe problems in Japan made it an obvious choice to fundraise for through the concert."

Tickets for the Sigma 7 concert are available through the Derby LIVE box office on 01332 255800 or online at, or can be bought on the door on the night of the concert.

A film of the band performing can be seen online on You Tube link

Final year Music and Media Technologies students will also stage a free public concert, at Derby Theatre at 7.30pm on Wednesday (April 13). The three acts will be singer-songwriter Joshua Mellor, progressive alternative rock band The Black Aurora and The Trio.

Media wanting further information should contact Press and PR Officer Sean Kirby on 01332 591891 or 07876 476103, or email

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