Basement Jaxx launch new college music academy

IT WAS back to college for house duo Basement Jaxx when they launched a new music and arts centre in Hitchin last week.

The group, who joined the academy’s own band in welcoming North Hertfordshire College’s new Academy of Music and Sound, performed to current and future students, staff and local stakeholders.

“We’re delighted how the launch evening went. The response we had from prospective and existing music students was exceptional,” said Nick Bennett, operations director of the academy of music and sound.

“We have no doubts that the talent and ambition is here, we’re just looking forward to playing our part in helping shape the next generation of working musicians.”

The launch also coincided with the college offering new courses in Music and Performance. These will focus on specific instruments and will also include masterclasses ran by professionals.


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“I’m really pleased that we will be able to take a master class in playing the drums,” said 18-year-old Sam Lawson, who is studying for a BTEC level 3 diploma in music at the college.

“I think the smaller class sizes focusing on specific instruments will be much better.”

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The event was also attended by Bruce Findlay, ex-manager of rock band Simple Minds and current owner of record label Zoom Records.

Peter Wheatley, NHC Students’ Union Academy representative said: “It was fantastic to hear a real life situation and how much passion Bruce had for the music industry.”

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