Music Technology students from Stratford-upon-Avon College with Steve Cheney, Music Industry Liaison Officer for the NSA at the National Indoor Arena.
Stratford-upon-Avon College’s music technology students were recently invited behind the scenes at one of the biggest gigs around to see first-hand how a world class arena show is put together.
On 19th November, the second year National Diploma Music Technology students spent the day observing production crew setting up a huge show for Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz band at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. They were then invited back for the evening performance as guests of Steve Cheney, Music Industry Liaison Officer for the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural. Steve is also the stage manager for a number of UK and overseas festivals including Reading, Latitude and Glastonbury.
James Maiden, programme area co-ordinator for music at the College commented, “The whole day provided a fantastic opportunity to see how the many different people involved in a massive arena tour such as this work together to put on an incredible spectacle. The students got to chat to the tour manager, sound engineer and lighting engineer and see some absolutely mind-blowing music technology in action!”
This experience was offered to the students through the National Skills Academy (NSA) for Creative and Cultural. As a Founder College of The National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural, Stratford-upon-Avon College is part of a network of industry specialists in theatre, opera, live music events, festivals, further education colleges and training providers working together to develop, improve and recognise skills - initially for ‘backstage’ and ‘offstage’ roles in theatre and live music events. The NSA provides services and standards for training and skills development, endorsed by industry employers and professionals. Stratford-upon-Avon College is one of 20 founder colleges across the UK. For more information visit www.nsa-ccskills.co.uk
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Posted on Thursday 25th November 2010