At Seaford College we encourage students to discover their passions and aspire to achieve their personal bests in all their pursuits, from academic, to sporting, and right through to music and the arts. And in September, Yolanda Gumpo embarked on a career in the music industry, studying a degree in Songwriting at BIMM (British and Irish Modern Music Institute) in Brighton. BIMM is well known for giving its graduates a fantastic start into the world of music, and George Ezra, James Bay and The Kooks all started out there, as well as Old Seafordian Tom Odell. Yolanda is really excited about living in Brighton, and what the future may have in store for her.
“There’s loads of opportunity to gig, and art, and music and festivals. At the moment I just want to write music after I leave BIMM, but I may end up performing as well. I guess I’ll see!”
Yolanda has been at Seaford College since 2012, but just before she left we recorded a music video of her performing One More Try, a song by George Michael. It’s a song she’s always loved, particularly since Beverley Knight’s version of it.
“I chose it around the time George MIchael died, and we thought it would be really cool to do a music video. Beverley Knight covered it, she’s one of my favourite people in the world, and our voices just sound kind of the same. I think every young musician wants to do it (make a music video) and it’s something you think about, but when you do it, it’s a lot of fun.”
You can watch the first ever Seaford Sessions music video below!
Yolanda found the process a fantastic insight into what goes into music video production, albeit on a much smaller scale. “There’s a lot more work that goes into it than you think. Even with mine, which was small, but on a big scale, there’s a huge production team, people everywhere and people close to you.”
Whilst Yolanda is really excited about what the future holds for her, she’s going to miss Seaford, and reflected on her time here. “At first it took me a long time to settle in, but when I started getting into music, I’ve loved it ever since. I’ve really enjoyed boarding at Seaford, too. It’s like a University, you have really cool facilities and can cook and have your friends over. I can go and record in the music block and then come back – it’s so free, so fun.”
We wish you all the success for the future Yolanda!