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Music Employability Day  Event

09:00 - 17:00
14 February 2018
The University of Southampton Highfield Campus SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Music Reception on +44 (0) 23 8059 3425 or email .

Event details

The Music Department is excited to be running a day for students which will give them a chance to find out about more about entering into the world of work in the field of music. Our guests are all leading practitioners and include a leading composer for television and media, a music manger whose clients include PJ Harvey and Nick Cave and a panel of professional musicians who will be talking about setting up in business for musicians. All of them are looking forward to giving pointers about how to get into work and where to find employment opportunities.

Dave Desmond: Carnival UK - My role as Musical Director comprises the quality control of all musicians onboard our 11 ships, booking all bands and entertainers, and creating ideas for new shows/sets. We are responsible for daytime activities such as shuffleboards etc right through to booking such acts as Sting, Midge Ure, Gregory Porter, Peter Andre & Herbie Hancock.
Twitter = @carnivalukents

Neil Simpson: Partner, ATC Management - I’m a partner at ATC Management who manage a number of household names including Faithless, PJ Harvey, Nick Cave and The Staves. Before that, I was the manager for ‘Catfish & The Bottlemen” and helped them develop from a band playing in small venues to one of the biggest bands in the world.
Twitter = @Manchildmusicuk & @ATCmanagement FB = @atcmanagement

Sarah Sheldrake - After leaving Music at Southampton as a graduate, I worked as a singer-songwriter which led to me signing as a songwrite for Sony/BMG Publishing. I got to work with numerous talented producers and writers which led to me releasing and touring my first record. I'm currently working on my new record which I'm self-releasing.
Twitter & Facebook = @shellsmusicnet

Natasha Gibson - I’m a vocal and piano coach with over a decade of experience teaching in schools, music hubs and organisations such as the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain. Having completed a PGCE, I worked as a classroom teacher before setting up and running my own music teaching business.
FB = @natashagibsonmusic Insta = @natashagmusic

Neil Valentine - I’m a musician, workshop leader and string specialist. My work includes; running my own series of concerts for families called ‘ABC Concerts’ across three cities; as an Associate of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, I work on various outreach projects across different communities across the South; I am part of the PLAYLIST collective; and I am also a professional viola player and have played in many professional orchestras.
Twitter = @ValentineNeil

James Ashdown - I’m a drummer, session musician and teacher, I am also a graduate of the Music Department at the University of Southampton. I have extensive experience as a session drummer, from studio session playing to function bands to pop music playing. I have my own teaching business and I also work as a music producer too.
Twitter = @jamesashdown FB = @jamesjfashdown Insta = @jamesashdown

Niraj Chag - I’m a composer and artist whose work spans a wide range from albums, to film scores, theatre and live events. I have written for television including the BBC Drama ‘Our Girl’, I also write for theatre and Musical Theatre including the Olivier Award winning ‘Rafta Rafta’. I have also released a number of records and have worked as a songwriter and record producer for major artists.
Twitter = @nirajchag FB = Niraj Chag Insta = @nirajchag

Please note that unfortunately Ben Hood from Sony is no longer able to take part in our Employment Day but we hope to bring him back at a later date.

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