Last week, Stratcast, the television and radio production arm of Stratford-upon-Avon College, was invited to cover a prestigious event at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
On Friday 11th February, students from the Creative and Media Diploma, Young Apprentice Acting course and HND Media, attended “Open Up” at the Royal Opera House. The event was a collaboration between the Royal Opera House, the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural and Founder Colleges.
On the day, students were offered unrestricted access to the building, rehearsals, individual artists, senior technicians and management of the Opera House and were set the challenge of documenting the day. The College’s HND Media students lost no time in accepting the fantastic opportunity, adding that they really wanted to do something unique in broadcasting terms to compliment the event!
Throughout February, the students have been making a radio and television series of live programmes covering all aspects of Arts and Culture. The radio team requested that they would like to do an ambitious live radio broadcast to conclude their series from the Royal Opera House. The management from the venue were really excited and after discussion with Phil Middleham, lecturer at the College, provided the resources required. Consequently there were two hours of live radio broadcasting from the magnificent Royal Opera House!
James Blackburn, Student Producer for Stratcast, said “It was the biggest project I have ever done. I was particularly pleased that it was associated closely with an educational assignment, enabling me to demonstrate the team’s professional abilities at the highest level.”
The day was documented live with a stream of interviews conducted by Stratcast presented, Matt Neve. Matt met and interviewed artists, technicians, management, fellow students and even the local MP. To see this broadcast visit www.stratcast.co.uk
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Note to Editors:
The National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural was established in 2008 with the initial aim of putting employers within the offstage industries of technical theatre and live music event production in control of their training needs; what trainees learn, how they learn and where.
The Skills Academy operates as an industry-led membership organisation, developing the delivery of industry approved standards, training and related skills through its network of creative and cultural employers and education and training providers.
Please visit www.nsa-ccskills.co.uk for further information
Stratford-upon-Avon College is a Founder College of the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural.
Posted on Thursday 17th February 2011