Song for Sophie helps college fight hate crime

Boston College music students have released a music video in support of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.
Boston College music students have released a music video in support of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.

Music students at Boston College have created a music video in support of a charity fighting hate crimes against ‘alternative cultures’.

The video was part of a Music for Sophie event, started last year by performing arts students.

Pupils worked with the equality and diversity department and the charity, the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. A tutorial session was attended by Sophie’s mother Sylvia.

A funding grant from the Enterprise Zone helped write, record and shoot a music video that captured some of the issues related to hate crime.

Music lecturer Jamie Hancock said: “The reason the project continues and grows is not only because of the support it continues to receive, but also the fact that it truly celebrates the diversity and acceptance of the learners and staff with the SNMC and the college.”

This year the event was led by the staff and year two learners of the music department as well as Just Lincolnshire.

A launch event again featured a variety of musicians, premiered the music video and hosted the final round of the department’s annual Battle of the Bands competition.

An EP for the event featured 30 students from Swineshead St Mary’s School.

Last year’s event featured a variety of acts, including local band 50 Sniffs and the premier of the music video Unique.

It has been praised in the House of Commons and is often used by the foundation in educational institutes

Frank Hanson said: “Over the last few years, we have developed a very strong and special relationship with The Sophie Lancaster Foundation. The students and staff within the music department have been core to that relationship.”

Sophie Lancaster, 20, was beaten up and killed in Stubbylee Park in Bacup, Lancashire, in 2007. She and her boyfriend were attacked because they wore ‘alternative’ clothing and styles.

Check out this year’s video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6tZREHzDh4