Chart-toppers of the future will receive a head start at MidKent College with a new soundproofed live room.

The facility will give music students the opportunity to practise in private while their music technology counterparts can use the latest high-tech equipment to ensure the quality of performances shines through.

Sevenoaks musician and former college lecturer Dan Clews, who performed alongside Tim Minchin during Children in Need, officially opened the room during Colleges Week.

“The UK is the second largest music exporter in the world behind America; it’s important we continue to invest in the future of the industry,” he said.

“I came across some talented musicians during my time at the college and it’s great they now have a room of exceptional quality to practise that talent in.”

Louise Molton, head of the creative and visual arts faculty, said: “This room gives the musicians their own self-contained area to perform in, and will really help to raise their performance levels.

“But it’s not just music students who will benefit. Our performing arts students can also use the room, and our creative media students can film the various events that go on here.”