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Students get set to host live music event

An initiative of University Campus Suffolk (UCS) students based at Bury St Edmunds is being supported by a £1600 cheque towards the staging of a live music event in association with the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts to take place at the Stowmarket Festival on Sunday 10 June.

UCS student Jon Hart received the cheque from Alan Gordon-Stables, Chair of the WSC Education Opportunity Trust, at the centre in Stowmarket on Thursday 25 May.

The grant will enable a live music marquee (supplied at a discount by local hire company “Yestents”) with staging, lighting, filming and live sound recording, all managed and operated by Music Production degree and Media Production students.

Accepting the cheque Jon said: “This is a great opportunity for students to complete course-work for their Major Client Project module as well as enhancing their CV by association with a prestigious name in live music performance.”

The students will organise themselves to meet the unique technical challenges of live recording as well as the crucial skills of working as part of a team and using good organisational and communication skills. The end product will be an audio archive and filmed record for the benefit of future music production students.

“A key role of recording engineers is to support the creativity of the live acts and there is so much amazing new music being made in Suffolk right now” added Jon.

“We are not Glastonbury but we share the same ethos as the John Peel stage there. We are very proud of what is going to be on offer on our stage and it’s going to be very high energy come the end.”

The John Peel Centre for Creative Arts aims to encourage new music and to inspire people in their own artistic endeavours and this event will be a valuable educational experience for the students as well as the aspiring live acts.

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