Sisters duo ‘something special’

Steyning students Hannah and Jess Gilder win the Roundhouse Band Slam
Steyning students Hannah and Jess Gilder win the Roundhouse Band Slam

TWO sisters have won the Roundhouse Band Slam in Camden, after impressing judges with their moving and dynamic performance.

Steyning Grammar School students Hannah and Jess Gilder, The Gilder Sisters Duo, competed against other young bands at the iconic rock venue last Saturday.

Fellow students from Steyning’s sixth form college music practitioners group, playing in the band Cut the Chord, also took part in the battle of the bands competition.

Marketing officer Suzanne Terrington said: “It was a brilliant day spent in an iconic rock venue, which culminated in an evening showcase performance to a sold-out audience.”

The Gilder Sisters Duo won the overall event with a beautiful new piece of their own, La Lune.

Their prize includes a professional recording session in the Roundhouse EMI Studio, a performance in The Roundhouse later this year, as part of a Roundhouse Rising Festival event, and the chance to perform at next year’s band slam.

Hannah and Jess said: “We had so much fun. It was so surprising and amazing to win, even though we never really know what we’re doing.”

Mr Jon Reeves, director of music at Steyning, said it was a great achievement for them.

“They have an endless supply of high-quality material and are really deserving winners,” he added.

“Their talents for composing are considerable and I know the Roundhouse team are very excited to be working with them over the coming year.

“What is so special is that they have a natural love of performing and sharing their music whilst remaining humble about their talents.”

Cut the Chord also did the school proud. Tutors at the event’s band development workshops said they had achieved a totally new and unusual sound.

They were also complimented for their infectious enthusiasm, good humour and joy of performing.

Event organiser Sylvia Harrison said: “It was a brilliant day.

“It was so difficult to judge who should be crowned the winner, but I think Hannah and Jess are really special and I am excited to see them develop over the coming months.”