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BBC 6 Music

Former Higher National Diploma in Music Performance student, James Ewing secures a first class honours degree in Radio Production from Bournemouth University and secures a

placement as a Broadcast Assistant at BBC 6 Music. James completed his HND in Music Performance in 2009 and after taking a year out decided to do the oneyear top-up course at Bournemouth.

winter 2011 newsletter

Former Music Student Has Paper Published and Invited to New York

James Ewing performing at Viva in Wakefield in 2008

Steelworks Studio and Sheffield Hallam University Wednesday the 9th November saw Year 2 Higher National Diploma in Music Performance students headed down the M1 to the city of steel for a visit to Eliot Kennedy’s (Spice Girls, Bryan Adams, S Club 7, Take That, and Delta Goodrem) legendary Steelworks recording studio. The visit included an informal chat with the course leader and guitarist for Babybird about the top-up degree course that Sheffield Hallam University run. Unfortunately Eliot wasn’t there as he was down in London filming for the X-Factor.

John Fowles performing at The School of Popular Music’s Upload Festival in 2008

Producer and X-Factor talent development coach Eliot Kennedy in his city of steel studio

Former student John Fowles was recently invited to give a series of lectures at the Julie Hatton School of Music in New York on the orchestral work of the influential Jazz bassist Charles Mingus following the publication of his dissertation in a number of academic journals. John who was a student on the Higher National Diploma in Music Performance completed his studies in 2008 and progressed onto the

BA(Hons) in Popular and World Music at the University of Leeds. Speaking recently about his time at Wakefield College he stated that the HND allowed him to “refine his skills” and that the “more personalised learning experience offered is where the college excels”.


Upload 2011

Here’s some pictures from this year’s Upload Festival. For more pictures go to our Facebook page.



Rhythm Magazine

Did anybody see tutor Richard Swift’s article about ‘Stick Tricks’ in October’s edition of Rhythm Magazine?

LS-Live and Backstage Academy The School of Popular Music are linking up with LS-Live and Backstage Academy to develop a new Level 2 qualification in Production Arts.

The qualification is aimed at students who are interested in the learning more about the technicalities of live events, such as lighting, sound, and crewing.

LS-Live is Europe’s only purpose built stage production rehearsal facility and one of Europe’s largest film & TV Studios. Many of the biggest names in entertainment have utilised their resources – from Cirque du Soleil, Kylie, Robbie Williams, Genesis, Scissor Sisters and Leona Lewis to name a few. LS-Live is also the

home of Backstage Academy, a unique education centre designed to deliver high quality, relevant and practical training in different backstage skills and entertainment technology.

Backstage have recently set up a Foundation Degree in Live Events Production which is validated by Bolton University.

The Hop Dog Siren Scenario success at Battle of the Bands

On Thursday 29th September 2011, The School of Popular Music took over The Hop in Wakefield. Two bands, ‘Siren Scenario’ and ‘The Mourning People’ from the Higher National Diploma in Music (Popular Music) performed to both new and old students from the department as part of induction.

On Sunday 3rd July 2011, Higher National Diploma in Music (Popular Music) band ‘Siren Scenerio’ succeeded at Backstage Academy’s Battle of the Bands in Pontefract. Competing against 12 other educational establishments from the region, the band performed one cover and one original song in the hope that their song would be played on Ridings FM.

Siren Scenario at last year’s Upload Festival

The Cribs

Good to see former students Ryan and Gary Jarman the other week when they popped in to check out their old stomping ground.

Dave Ward from ‘The Mourning People” belting it out at The Hop The Mourning People


Indie Rock band The Cribs

4 week project gig

Bass Day at Band on the Wall in Manchester

THE UK’S NUMBER ONE BASS DAY UK promised to bring the very best bass players, educators, musicians, performers and Trade Exhibitors to Band on the Wall in Manchester, and it did! On Sunday the 6 November 2011, tutors Ian Smart and Richard Swift headed over to Manchester with a group of students to witness the year’s biggest all day bass extravaganza, which featured the likes of Marcus Miller and Jah Wobble.

Marcus Miller live on stage at Band on the Wall in Manchester

Induction Event-Bowling

On September the 27th, Level 2 Diploma in Music and Level 3 in Music (Performance) students perform for the first time at Wakefield Arts centre as part of ‘Induction’.

On Friday the 28th of September the School of Popular Music headed over to Leeds as part of ‘Induction’ as a team building exercise and for a bit of fun. There was some surprise scores and the dark horses of the music department revealed their secret talents.


Inspired On Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd November students on the Level 2 and Level 3 courses took over Wakefield Arts Centre to present a live music performance inspired by the world of the arts. Check out some of the pictures from the show below:



Surfing USA It was a busy day for a couple of the music staff on Friday the 21st October as one (Matt) flew out to America to tour with his band ‘The Magnificent’ and the other one (Ric) headed over to Leeds University to perform a set of songs from his band’s - ‘The Housekeeping Society’- latest album! Matt has also been busy releasing a full length album

with his other band ‘Matadors’. ‘Matadors’ are Leeds based rock band with members that have been/are currently in bands such as ‘Buzzkill’, ‘The Osterman Weekend’, ‘Voorhees’, and ‘The Horror’. You can check out ‘Matadors’ latest album here and even name your own price for the 10 track album:

Screenshot of lecturer Ian Smart’s Freeze pedal demo on the EHX website

On the 30th September music technology lecturer Ian Smart showed the fans of ElectroHarmonix that the EHX FREEZE Sound Retainer sounded great on bass, with his demo which utilised the features of the Effects Pedal. Ian’s track was featured on the EHX website. For those that don’t know, Electro-Harmonix is a

New York-based company that makes high-end electronic audio processors. The company was founded by Mike Matthews in 1968. They are most famous for a series of popular guitar effects pedals introduced in the 1970s and 1990s. To listen Ian’s track follow this link:

Progression - UCAS Convention at Manchester Central Convention Complex

The School of Popular Music is committed to continuing education and as a result the team took the second year students to Manchester on Monday the 17th October to the ‘Compose Your Future’ event at Central Convention Complex.

The Magnificent on tour in Chicago Follow this link

conventions held each year, specialised in the promotion of studying performing arts, music, dance, drama, broadcast and multi-media production in Higher Education. Representatives from a range of universities where there to inform and guide students.

The ‘Compose Your Future’ event, which is just one of UCAS’s fifty

The Housekeeping Society at The University of Leeds

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School of Popular Music · Winter Newsletter 2011  

Winter 2011 newsletter from the School of Popular Music at Wakefield College.