Pop Singer Sion Hill Bring Tour to Forge

Students at Ormiston Forge Academy were paid a visit by Irish soul and pop singer Sion Hill as part of a nationwide anti-bullying campaign tour.

Sion is a singer-songwriter from Limerick in Ireland. With a growing reputation in the music industry, multi-talented Sion Hill is making waves and is currently living in Berlin, taking Germany by storm. His new single Beaches has been riding high in the iTunes chart in Germany and he is now bringing his music and talent over to the UK and supporting Niall Horan from One Direction on some of his tour dates.

During the morning in Cradley Heath, Sion performed to Forge students in years 7 and 8 before opening up about his personal experiences with cyberbullying and discrimination.

Speaking on the subject of cyberbullying and discrimination, Sion said: “With the evolution of social media, our attention spans have become shorter than ever. Rarely do we do anything without needing to film or document it on our smartphones.

Through my music, I’m calling for a revolution of the self; to step away from the online world for a moment and think about what is really important, concentrate on real relationships and read something that’s longer than a page-long article on college times.”

Principal at Forge, Andrew Burns, said: “Having artists the calibre of Sion not only inspires our students to tap into their creative talent. It’s a testament to him that he is committed to working with young people and delivering these incredibly important messages.

The concerts are just another example of how Forge does things a little differently. It’s about ensuring that we engage our students and make an impact. This programme is a great success and I very much look forward to it continuing throughout the Academy.

As part of his school tour, Sion will also be performing new single, Beaches from his latest album Elephant, which is now available to buy and stream on all platforms.

This year Forge has welcomed rising pop star Rhianna to the Academy. In January she performed and talked to students about online safety. Rhianna writes all of her own music and has been described by Radio 1 as the next big female singer on the music scene. In March, Stephan and Jeffrey, the UK Pop/R&B duo Misunderstood, visited Forge. Since graduating from the BRIT School of Performing Arts, they have appeared on Britain’s Got Talent and supported MOBO Award Winner Chipmunk and Grammy winners Boyz II Men on tour. In February they released their first single, Sucker.














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