Music


53 Creative people in total for Music


Live events and promotion apprentices

Boomsatsuma desribes itself as ‘the community interest company that's fueling the next creative generation’. Formed in 2009, they have created 13 apprenticeships and internships with funding from the Creative Employment Programme. We met with some of their young staff to talk about how they've found it.


Ed Cooper, electrician

Ed Cooper, from London, is a stage electrician. Trained in stage management, he has worked on several West End musical theatre shows.


Mike Roberts, pyrotechnician

Mike Roberts went from disillusioned science teacher to pyrotechnician by starting up his own company.


Hannah Farnham, head of production

Hannah Farnham is Head of Production & Events at Live Nation Entertainment (UK) Music.


Scott Treeby, live events apprentice

Scott Treeby discusses being a live events apprentice at Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council.


Heather Saunderson, technician

Heather is a technician at the Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling, Scotland. From scenery to lighting and sound, she is part of a team that makes sure live performances go technically to plan.


Paul Crockford, artist manager

Paul Crockford has been an artist manager for over 30 years and has also organised live events for the Prince's Trust.


Christina Birt, head of creative learning

Christina has worked in arts education at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, and aims to go freelance as an arts education consultant.


Steven Wilkins, production carpenter

Steven "Wilky" Wilkins started out as a technician and now freelances in production carpentry. He has both a forklift truck licence and a diploma in stage make-up.


Neil Butler, artistic director

Neil Butler set up Brighton's famous, and sadly now closed, Zap Club. The former drama teacher specialises in running outdoor festivals and events.


Tom Marshall, sound engineer

Tom Marshall started working in the sound department of a West End show after his A levels and is now a successful sound engineer.


Angharad Lee, Freelance Director Creative Agent

Angharad Lee, Freelance Director, Creative Agent with Arts Council Wales, Artistic Director of Leeway Productions and Lecturer at Trinity St David.


JD Hawksley, audio visual technician

JD, from Manchester, has worked as a technician since he was 21. He has no formal tech qualifications but has built up a wealth of experience.


Gabrielle Giffard, office and front of house

Gabrielle works as the office manager and front of house coordinator at Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, with the company Live Nation. She explains her role and how she got into the live music sector with a venue apprenticeship.


Hannah Dilworth, education producer

Hannah Dilworth is an education producer at Opera North, having started there as an admin assistant.


Mark Collins, musical director

Mark is a freelance musical director, with both TV and stage credits on his CV. He is also a musical arranger, composer, and vocal coach.


Deptford John, guitar technician and lecturer

Deptford John has been a guitar technician for over 30 years, looking after bands' gear and instruments and teaching others how to run a tour.


Brian Reilly, lighting managing director

Brian set up Production Services Ireland (PSI) in 1996 to meet the growing needs of the industry. Now Northern Ireland’s leading technical production company, they provide lighting for events such as Tennents Vital, Giro D’Italia and Riverdance production in China.


Dan Howson, Event Producer & Youth Worker

Dan Howson, event producer

After finding it difficult to access information about careers in event production, Dan set up a company to help future generations.


Joe Barbe now works at Atlantic Records as an A/R Assistant.

Joe Barbe, Columbia Records apprentice

Music-loving Joe started out as an apprentice at Columbia Records. He discusses what he learned and gives his thoughts on apprenticeships.


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