Cambridge Regional College student performs to millions at Britain’s Got Talent Live Finals

Thursday 5 July 2018

David Hollands, a Cambridge Regional College Music Production student from Huntingdon, played bass guitar as part of Calum Courtney’s performance at the Britain’s Got Talent Live Final, broadcast to over 10 million viewers.

The hit ITV talent show, which was ultimately won by comic ‘Lost Voice Guy’ Lee Ridley, has been running for the past 11 years and has consistently remained one of the highest viewed programmes on UK television.

David is 18 years old and has been playing bass guitar for the past three years after branching out from learning to play the acoustic guitar. He is currently studying Level 3 Music Performance and Production at Cambridge Regional College and is now on the Year 2 production pathway of his course.

David has enjoyed external work experience at Decoy Studios in Woodbridge with Cenzo Townshend, a renowned Mix Engineer who has worked with the likes of Ed Sheeran and George Ezra. He has also recently participated in the successful launch of a production service in order to record, mix, master and launch an EP on major online streaming platforms and live at 'Hot Numbers' in Cambridge city centre.

The opportunity to perform on the Britain’s Got Talent Live Final came after David received a phone call from a friend who regularly takes part in TV sessions. He put David in touch with his agent who was after a young band to support the final performance of Calum Courtney.

Ashley Hardy, Curriculum Team Leader for Department of Creative Industries & Lecturer in Music Production at Cambridge Regional College, says: “David is a fantastic producer who has an excellent career ahead of him within the music industry. To see David gaining commercial level experience within the music sector is not surprising based on his pedigree and aptitude for the subject. He works hard, is mature and everybody at Cambridge Regional College was extremely proud to see him succeed in a professional session musician opportunity. It was amazing to see him playing live on prime-time television.”

To his credit, David seems to be keeping his feet firmly on the ground, but admits he was delighted to follow in the footsteps of his idols and perform on the grand stage, he said: "John Mayer is a big musical inspiration to me as well as the Beatles. It was good fun performing at the BGT final, such a great atmosphere and an amazing experience. I plan to carry on working as a producer and mix engineer until the phone rings again for another gig!"

David’s appearance on the Britain’s Got Talent Live Final is the latest in a line of successes Cambridge Regional College students have achieved in recent times. Key performance figures released recently place it first in the country (out of 198 colleges) in 19+ GCSE Maths A* - C pass rates. A centre of vocational excellence, Cambridge Regional College continues to grow and expand its role as a major seat of learning in the East of England.