Summer school for Berwick's budding musicians
Northumberland College's music production course and The Maltings have teamed up to give Berwick's young musicians a platform for their talents.
The two organisations are launching a four-day summer school which gives young people the opportunity to collaborate on song-writing and recording as well as offering insights from industry professionals on how to promote and release material in the digital world.
Michael Evans, course leader and tutor on the BTEC music production course at Northumberland College, said: “We are very excited about this development and are delighted to run this summer school with The Maltings, who we are currently working with to establish our new BTEC level 3 music production course, which launches in Berwick this September.
“This opportunity will give participants a unique and fun experience that will develop their song-writing skills, introduce them to the use of technology to enhance their music and skills and will also provide insights into how the industry works as our tutors are actively involved in the music industry as musicians and producers.”
BBC Music freelancer Dan Coggins, who is working alongside Michael as a tutor, has worked with musicians such as Take That and Supergrass as a guitarist and songwriter, as well as being label manager for bands Garbage and Ash.
Michael himself is a producer and musician, who writes and works with artists from Newcastle, as well as a DJ on a community radio station in Newcastle.
Michael added: “The fun is in bringing together teenagers from different musical backgrounds and allowing them to collaborate on songs using instruments and modern technology.”
The course will run from Monday, August 15, until Thursday, August 18, at The Maltings in Berwick.
Places can be booked via the College’s website – www.northumberland.ac.uk