Come along to Music Academy launch

27th January 2015 11:50am - Return to press releases

Musicians of all genres and ages are invited to the launch of the East Riding College Music Academy in Hull on February 14.
The academy, in St James Street, central Hull, will open following £250,000 of renovations to the College’s St James Centre building, which was flooded in December 2013.
It features studios and rehearsal rooms boasting the latest equipment for live sound, rehearsal, professional studio recording and media.
Equipment includes Blackstar, Ashdown Engineering and Jet City amplification, Cubase 7.5 music production software, Superior Drummer drum sampler, Focusrite studio interfaces, KRK Systems studio gear and more.
Students use a full IT suite with the latest in composition, audio and video editing software, including Sibelius, Cubase, Audition and Ableton.
The Academy also has its own label, Fallen Angel Records, for the release and distribution of tracks, EPs and albums.

The launch event, from 11am to 3pm on February 14, will be an opportunity to tour the outstanding facilities, meet the tutors and find out about the courses on offer at the academy.
And the first five bands or performers through the door at the launch day will get 50% off the cost of recording a three-track EP, including producer and engineer support, mixing and mastering.

Martin Jones, music curriculum leader at the academy, said: “We’re really looking forward to showing bands, solo performers and other musicians our excellent new facilities.
“The aim of the Music Academy is to be at the heart of the local music scene, where musicians can learn their craft as students and rehearse and record if they are already in a band.”
He added: “The open event will give people, no matter which instrument they play or genre of music they perform, a real insight into how we can support them.
“Our tutors have between them decades of experience of performing and recording so we can really help and advise on all kinds of issues, from composing your own songs to performing on stage to getting the most out of rehearsals.”

Music student Stephen Hill, 21, from Bridlington, said: “I love the new facilities! I particularly like the fact that we have a green screen to do music videos and state of the art studio to record our material through Fallen Angel records”.

The St James Centre was flooded by the Humber tidal surge in December 2013, which saw parts of the building under 3ft of water.
Music courses were relocated to a facility in Spring Bank, Hull, during 2014 and only returned at the start of 2015.
The St James Centre is also home to East Riding College’s Trade Union Studies Centre, as well as providing training to business on topics such as food safety, health and safety, first aid, licensing and door supervision.

For more information about the Music Academy, go to www.eastridingcollege.ac.uk/musicacademy or call 0845 120 0037.

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For more information about this press release, call Matthew Croshaw, marketing and communications manager, on 01482 390720 or email matthew.croshaw@eastridingcollege.ac.uk