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Music Workshops with Professional Musicians
The Music faculty at Lancaster & Morecambe College (LMC) has recently hosted a range of music industry workshops in partnership with More Music. The series kicked off on 23rd January with a singing and song writing workshop from Be Charlotte, a Scottish Musician based in Glasgow.
Charlotte came to the College with fellow Glasgow based Musician Stuart and her manager Lewie where she held a workshop based on songwriting, performing with other musicians and working in the music industry. Charlotte also performed acoustic versions of some of her songs and gave some great insight to the students about what it is like as somebody so young to work in the industry. The workshop was aimed at the Level 3 students who are studying a 2 year qualification, the equivalent of 3 A-levels, with a vocational focus on getting students working in the industry.
Be Charlotte was in the area as the Preston Young Leaders group had arranged for her to perform at Preston Guild Hall. Speaking prior to the concert, Charlotte said “It’s been great doing the workshop at LMC today, we played in Morecambe a few months ago and it was great, a very fun gig, so we’re really looking forward to playing at Preston”.
The second workshop saw James Carey, Artist Manager/Producer at Evoke Music Management, come to talk to the HND and BA Music Production students about pop music production techniques where he gave a demonstration, explaining some of his own working practices and then set the students specific tasks to complete that he has been faced with in his experience. The students really enjoyed the session and a number of them took the opportunity to share their own productions with James. “I've recently been doing a series of guest lectures at various colleges on behalf of More Music and Lancashire Music Hub - and I have to say, LMC really impressed me. The team there are doing an amazing job and the facilities are excellent. I highly recommend!”
For the final workshop of the half-term series we welcomed Natalie McCool to LMC on Thursday 8th February as she gave a workshop on developing a career in the music industry and working as a performing musician. She gave a performance to the students, discussed songwriting techniques and got the students involved in the creative process. Natalie has worked with a number of big names in the industry, including Paul McCartney, and offered her advice to a group of Level 3 and Level 4 students.
The workshops were organised by community music charity More Music and funded by Lancashire Music Hub. Project manager Darren Leadsom from More Music explained: “The aim of these workshops is to provide practical and inspiring music making sessions for young people with visiting professional musicians with years of industry experience. We’ve organised them at colleges in Burnley and Preston so it’s great to make them happen at our local music college too.”
Charlotte and Stuart pose with LMC students and staff
James Carey from Evoke Artist Management engaging with Music students
Charlotte and Stuart performing for the students
Natalie McCool performing in the Lecture Theatre as part of her visit
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