Monday, 29 October 2018 17:38

University scholarship for Sky

Sky Curtis, who studied Music Technology for three years at Newbury College, has been awarded The Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship, by the University of Portsmouth. The scholarship is awarded to students who achieve very high grades for their Level 3 qualification.

Music Technology tutor, Matthew Foster said, “Sky is an exceptional student who excelled in all areas of our Level 3 Music Tech course and gained a 100% grade on the awarding body's results system. Her practical and technical skills were matched with excellent academic abilities and I was sad to see her go at the end of the last academic year.”

Sky commented, "I’m extremely happy to have been awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship. This is in no small part due to the dedication of my tutor, Matt Foster, and the music technology subject team at Newbury College. Thanks to the College’s support and their belief in my future aspirations. This award will make a big difference in my ability to further my music technology education."

Newbury College offers a wide range of Music, Media and Dance courses with full time Music Technology courses at Level 2 and Level 3. To find out more, visit the College Open Event on, Tuesday 6 November between 4pm - 8pm or explore the courses page.

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A fantastic collaboration by a group of music technology students at Newbury College has resulted in ‘Snow’ this summer as their debut single, of the same name, hits Spotify. The students, who have completed their Extended Diploma, have been working in the college recording studio to record and mix two original recordings for their end-of-year skills project.

The songs have been written by Rhys Clements and have been performed, recorded and mixed by Rhys and fellow students Sky Curtis, Robin Nutley, Lauren Peters and Tegan O'Connell Dorward. The aim of the skills project is to stretch our students and give them the opportunity to produce a vocationally relevant product at the end of their course.

"The Music Technology Extended Diploma students have been fantastic this year," said Matt Foster, the course leader. "They have really developed as studio engineers and music producers and enjoyed working independently in the studio to produce this skills project."
You can listen to the singles; Snow and Different on the Newbury College website where you can also enrol now for full-time Music Technology courses.

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Newbury College, in collaboration with Hogan Music, is hosting another educational music workshop on Saturday 10 March. Guest speaker is guitar-legend Ace from 90s rock group Skunk Anansie. Ace will play some of the group’s hits, as well as discuss techniques and exercises that guitarists can use to improve their playing.

Ace is best known for his Skunk Anansie hit singles Weak, Selling Jesus, Charity and Hedonsim. The group also had many hit albums including Paranoid & Sunburnt and Stoosh. Ace is a regular writer for Guitarist magazine and a lecturer at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford.

Commenting on the workshop, Mike Barbour, General Manager at Hogan Music, said: “This is a unique opportunity for anyone in the Newbury area interested in music to see a phenomenally talented guitarist in action. Whether you are learning to play the guitar or looking to improve your technique, or simply a Skunk Anansie fan, the workshop will be a fun and educational event to attend.”

“We are absolutely delighted to have Ace’s support for our workshop,” said Matt Foster, Music Technology course leader at Newbury College. “Together with Hogans, we are trying make music education available to a wider audience. This workshop series has already featured The Style Council’s drummer Steve White and there is more to follow!”

The workshop takes place at Newbury College between 3-6pm and includes a Q&A session at the end. Tickets are available from Hogan Music at a cost of £10 per person. Call 01635 37868.

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Newbury College, in collaboration with Hogan Music & Academy, is pleased to offer a series music workshops. The first, taking place at Newbury College on Saturday 10 February, features legendary drummer Steve White. Steve has played with stars such as Paul Weller, Ian Dury, and, at seventeen, was the youngest performer on stage at the Live Aid concert in 1985 when he played with The Who.

The workshop, taking place between 3-6pm, promises to be inspiring, educational and fun. Steve will talk through his lengthy career and play some of the songs he performed with Paul Weller and The Style Council. He will demonstrate tips and exercises to help drummers improve their playing and answer question from the floor. Steve is also offering a few one-to-one sessions earlier in the day, these will run from 10am to 2pm. 

Matt Foster, Music Technology course leader at Newbury College said: “Newbury has a thriving music community and a wealth of talent. Together with Hogan Music and Academy, we are hoping to promote more of these fantastic educational opportunities for musicians to attend. To have someone of Steve’s calibre playing at Newbury College is an absolute honour; it promises to be a fantastic afternoon.”

“The aim of the collaboration and the workshops is to promote the joy of music to a wider audience and make it accessible to all,” said Mike Barbour, General Manager at Hogan Music. “As a charity, Hogan Academy offers free music lessons to young, disadvantaged people. We’d like to encourage anyone interesting in learning to play the drums to come along to the workshop. With an inspiration like Steve – who knows where it could lead!"

Newbury College offers Music Technology courses at Level 2 and 3. Hogan Music and Academy offers one-to-one tuition at its music centre on Bartholomew Street.

Tickets can be purchased from Hogan Music at a cost of £10 per person for the workshop and £50 for the one-to-one sessions.

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Line-up includes PRS for Music, PPL, The University of West London, Roland UK, The Musician’s Union, Vox Choir, JAMES and Berkshire Maestros

Newbury College today announced details of its first Music Technology Guest Lecture Series. Over the course of six days in May, the College will host a series of music industry talks, free for local students, musicians and members of the general public to attend.

The lectures are designed to give a greater understanding of the organisations and roles that make up the UK music industry and will help those working freelance to understand how different income strands can be access and maximised.

The full programme includes:

  • Wednesday 03 May, 11am, PRS for Music, Copyright, licencing and royalties.
  • Wednesday 03 May, 13:15pm, PPL, Sound recording and licencing within the UK music industry.
  • Thursday 04 May, 11am, Nino Auricchio (senior lecturer at The University of West London), Sound design and synthesis: exploring sound synthesis using the virtual analogue synthesisers found in Apple's Logic.
  • Thursday 04 May, 13:15pm, Roland UK, The development of digital drum technology.
  • Wednesday 10 May, 13:15pm, The Musician’s Union, The UK music industry.
  • Friday 12 May, 13:15pm, The Vox Choir, Music: benefits to your health and well-being.
  • Friday 19 May, 13:15pm, JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support), How can creative industries support music and media education?
  • Friday 26 May, 13:15pm, Berkshire Maestros, Working as a peripatetic instrumental teacher in the music education sector.

Commenting on the Guest Lecture Series, Matthew Foster, Music Technology Course Leader at Newbury College, said: “We are really excited to be hosting this event. We’ve secured the support of some key organisations and are confident that their knowledge and experience will be of great benefit not only to our own students, but to local musicians, composers, producers and engineers working in the industry. We encourage them come along to augment their knowledge and make some new connections.”

The series is presented in partnership with Creative People, The Rock Academy and is sponsored by Hogan Music. The event takes place at Newbury College, Monks Lane, Newbury, RG14 7TD.

Book early to avoid disappointment. All attendees will be placed into a prize draw; the winner will receive a special musical prize from Hogan Music. Places can be booked by visiting:

Group bookings welcome.

Newbury College offers full-time Music Technology courses at Level 2 and 3 and is taking enrolments for September 2017. For more information, speak to Matthew Foster on 01635 845000.

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Last week students from Level 3 Music Technology went on an educational visit to Hogan Music’s professional recording studio in Newbury.

Newbury College lecturer Matt Foster, who organised the visit, said: “The students were given a practical demonstration of several industry-standard stereo microphone techniques. This was followed by a mix breakdown session where they had the chance to listen to different techniques used when mixing modern rock tracks.”

“It was an excellent opportunity for them to spend some time learning in a pro recording studio and it builds on the supportive relationship the College has developed with Hogan Music over the last couple of years. We can’t thank them enough for their time.”

Click here for more information about the professional recording studio at Hogan Music in Newbury.

If you are considering a career in the music industry, find out more about our Music Technology courses at our open evening on Wednesday 8 February, 4-8pm.

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