Aston Performing Arts Academy
Aston Performing Arts Academy (APAA) offers music tuition and performance opportunities for the next generation of emerging talent.
APAA is also home to ‘Elements of Song’ a professional performance group that provides quality sound and entertainment to major events. In addition they also run their very own Urban Orchestra.
Elements of Song
A fresh, talented and dynamic 15-piece performance band compromising of singers and highly skilled musicians (Elements of Sound); coming together to bring innovative and entertaining elements to live music and performance. The energetic performance group have quickly been referred to as the UK’s first Urban Glee because of their unique approach to live music and performance.
They believe that a song shouldn’t just be sung but brought to life. They pride themselves on incorporating their own elements to each song with ‘out-of-the-box’ music arrangements, fantastic harmonies and lead vocals complimented with high end choreography and performance delivery.
Keep on [free] running
How often have you daydreamed that you were able to backflip down the highstreet, astounding onlookers as you fly past? We certainly have, but unfortunately a fear of broken necks has kept us resolutely on terra firma.
Such fears are not a problem for Lehmar Allen, the APAA's go to man when they need to add a spot of (if any were needed) extra excitement to their performances. He can flip, tumble, spin and probably even pull off an amazing forward roll (gambol if you're local) on demand.
The 17yr old entered his first free running competition in April 2012 and belongs to a free running group called - Axis. For Lehmar free running is a way of life and his aim is to fulfil his body's full potential. In the future he would like to get sponsored and be able to travel free running around the world.
Lehmar believes Birmingham is a fantastic place for free running with many great locations to ply his trade.
Secrets of success
APAA have performed at international sporting events and festivals including two finals of the Yonex Badminton Championships and the Music, Video and Screen Awards; they have performed at all of Birmingham's major venues including the world renowned Symphony Hall, The ICC, The National Indoor Arena and the LG Arena, they are currently working on a commissioned project for the BASS Festival.
APAA believe their success comes from their love of nurturing talent, live music, performance and Birmingham. They aim to continue to work with young people from across the city, providing valuable music tuition and performance opportunities, for those from inner city and surrounding areas of Birmingham.
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