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A three-piece Birmingham indie band will have their music promoted on a world stage during MIPIM, the global property conference which runs in Cannes, France, from March 11-14.

The Scholars, who are students, have just released their debut album “Turbulence” and one of the tracks has been chosen as the backing music for a four minute film on the city’s burgeoning property developments and changing skyline.

The film will be played on a loop on a giant composite wall of nine plasma screens on the Team Birmingham stand at the global property conference MIPIM in Cannes, France, this week.

The conference and exhibition runs from Tuesday, March 11, to Friday, March 14, and the showcase film has been produced by Aston Science Park-based company Mediascope who have provided most of Team Birmingham’s audio-visual, web and printed materials for the Team Birmingham stand at MIPIM.

Mediascope director James Muir said: “We heard the track “This Heart” through a mutual friend John Hemming who runs Moseley Sound studios and he arranged for us to be able to use The Scholars’ track to run behind the film we have produced for MIPIM.

“It is a really upbeat track and we think sets off perfectly the positive mood that there is in Birmingham now and it really complements the film’s dramatic images of Birmingham developments and the fantastic changes taking place across the city.”

The Scholars is made up of brothers Adrian and Christian Gillet and drummer Adam Clarke, aged 18. Adrian, aged 19, is a drama student in Birmingham, while Christian, aged 17, is preparing for his A Levels and Adam is studying sports science.

Adam Clarke is the drummer while Adrian Gillet provides bass guitar, keyboards and vocals with brother Christian on electric and acoustic guitars and backing vocals.

Father Paul Gillet, who manages the band, said “We think the boys have a really bright future and we are delighted that one of their tracks will be played to so many people at a global event like MIPIM.

“Their influences include Birmingham band The Editors, Interpol, Kasabian and Muse and we hope that everyone passing through the Birmingham stand in France enjoys their music.

“The Scholars are as yet unsigned and hopefully this can be one step in the right direction towards a recording contract with a major label.”

Coun Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “The Scholars are a band with a great future if this track is anything to go by. I am delighted that at a major global event like MIPIM which has over 28,000 delegates registered to attend and where the focus is on the all the exciting development news from Birmingham, we can still manage to showcase three such talented local lads.”

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For further information please contact:

Andy Skinner,
Press Officer, Team Birmingham

07990 978257


Paul Gillet on 07734 481702

Picture caption:

The Scholars – Christian Gillet, Adrian Gillet and Adam Clarke are The Scholars – new Birmingham talent on a global stage at MIPIM.

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