Download the full press release here: Off Piste press release 2014

January 2014

Off Piste announced as winners of the Rock It! / Redbridge Recording Studios 2013 youth song-writing competition

Three piece band, Off Piste, have been announced as the winners of this year’s Rock It! youth songwriting competition delivered in association with Neil Treppas at Redbridge Studios Their original track, ‘Over You’ will be available to download on Itunes from 27th January 2014 (link to follow soon).

This track, along with all other recordings from our 2013 bands, is available to listen to on Sound Cloud and you can follow the band on Facebook or on Twitter as @OffPisteBand.


1Photo credit- Bethan Fielding

Off Piste are (L-R) Tom McNicholas (drums), George Rudd (guitar) and Christie O’Connell (bass, vocals). They joined the Rock It! project as young musicians in May 2012, and Christie describes their experience from the project.

“We used to play together at home before, but didn’t really have any focus. This changed when we

started with Rock It! and we started to come together better as a band, writing more original music and becoming more confident in performing on stage. I learnt to play bass and we even won a local battle of the bands competition earlier this year.”

George continues, “We volunteer on the Rock It! project now, helping other teenagers to learn how to play instruments and write new music, as well as helping organise events such as the annual festival. We still play gigs as a band and hope to keep working together for a long time into the future.”

For more information, please contact Mindee Hutchinson on 07967 002573, email or visit our website at

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Itunes link to follow soon

Who we are

Rock It was established in Bolton in 2006 and is now a Community Interest Company. The majority of our members are young people aged between 11 and 21 who want to provide new music opportunities in the Greater Manchester area.

Our members have moved on to have many successes, becoming music professionals, entering higher education and gaining the skills needed to move forward into the world of work. Our project was recently recognised by the BBC Performing Arts Fund as one of their Community Music Winners for 2012/13.

Our work comprises of three strands:

Rock School

Taking on beginners to experienced young musicians aged 11-18, we provide a 12-month rock school programme. We place participants into groups and provide professional group tuition culminating in several indoor performances, a professional studio recording and a showcase at our annual outdoor festival.

Volunteer Programme

This programme helps to develop young music leaders and music/creative industry newcomers through opportunities to shadow our Music Leaders, provide tuition, take part in a wide variety of training, lead workshops and organise our events. Many of our volunteers carry on taking part for many years and we now have young adults working with us as Music Leaders, Peer Mentors,

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Events Programme

Our events programme provides valuable experience for both performers and the volunteers managing the events. The main highlight is our annual outdoor festival, delivered with the support of Bolton Council.