'Miracle' son wins Battle of the Bands contestBy Tim Harris
February 28, 2013
A ‘MIRACLE’ teenager from Frimley, who was only given a small chance of survival after being born premature, has won a battle of the bands competition in Aldershot.
Adam Castelow-Sturges, of Gorse Road, claimed victory with his band The Midnight Circus in the Battle of the Bands final at the West End Centre, on February 15.
Guitarist Adam, 17, who is a student at Farnborough Sixth Form College, was born 12-and-a-half-weeks early in a neonatal hospital unit and was diagnosed with chronic lung disease.
Adam’s proud mother Sylvia spoke with joy after watching her son and his fellow band members take top spot.
“I was rooting for them to win,” she beamed. “They did stunningly well, the whole band has got passion.
“When they won I think they went into a little bit of shock really, they were so delighted.”
Adam, a former Tomlinscote School pupil, took up playing the guitar when he was aged five as his parents were told learning an instrument could have a positive effect on a child’s concentration levels, from which premature-born children can suffer.
Adam now also plays in the church band for the Church of the Good Shepherd, in Sand Hill, Farnborough.
His mother described his as a ‘miracle story’.
Mrs Castelow-Sturges added: “He is a very talented player, he has definitely got a gift. I am very proud of him.”
Adam’s fellow band members are also students of Farnborough Sixth Form, from Frimley – Michael East, on the guitar and drummer Alex Lawrence, both 17.
The Midnight Circus, who have been together since 2009, were joined by stand-in vocalist Laura McReynolds. The band had previously seen off competition from within Farnborough Sixth Form College to earn the right to compete in the final.
The Midnight Circus performed eight songs, including one of their own numbers, called Dress to Impress, in front of fans and a panel of four judges, to clinch the victory.
“Obviously we were delighted,” said Adam. “Because we won the semi-final we were quite hyped and looking forward to it. We were all pleased for each other – our efforts and hard work came off.”
The alternative/pop-punk group knocked out two other bands in the semi-final at Farnborough Sixth Form and beat a band from Godalming College in the final.
As the event was a student competition, the prize for Adam and his companions was a sweet potato.